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Old 05-17-2019, 05:13 PM   #1
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Black Fly report 2019

Traveling to Indian Lake Memoeial Day Weekend. Iím hoping to learn how the black flies have been? I donít think this is a duplicate thread. Didnít see one yet. Thanks for the help. Happy Camping(and fishing and hiking and boating and exploring and mountaineering and canoeing and rafting etc etc etc)
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:27 AM   #2
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I have not been in the 'daks yet, but I was up in the Central Tug Hill last week, thinking I was early enough to miss them, and they were out in force, but only swarming , for the most part not biting. But if DEC were not cancelling my Memorial Day trip to the Moose River Plains for me, I'd likely be rethinking it based on normal progression of the weather and the emergence. A heavy cold snap with hard night time frost or a few really hot days could change a lot of this though at least toward the roads (Once they start in the Plains, it will be hell until mid July!)
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:44 AM   #3
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There are some around here in Ferris Lake WF area but not biting YET...........
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:15 AM   #4
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I was in the Northern end of the Blue Ridge Wilderness (Blue mtn) last weekend and they came out for the few hours when the sun was shining but they were not biting.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:42 AM   #5
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I usually avoid Memorial Day weekend because of the traffic and crowds, but this year I have 5 days so I am going to give it a shot. I haven't determined whether I will be backpacking or paddling yet, nor the destination. Either way, I am expecting to put my Permethrin-treated clothing and gear to the test. The bugnet and jacket will be with me as well.
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Old 05-20-2019, 01:24 PM   #6
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Hike the Fulton Chain Trifecta over the weekend (near Inlet & Old Forge). Black flies were swarming in massive quantities and starting to bite. I would assume that next weekend would be "full bite" at least in that section of the park.

There's still snow on some of the High Peaks, so higher elevations may be somewhat delayed.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:24 PM   #7
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Wilmington and Black Brook have some/not many. Seems more up higher than lower, that'll change quick.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:39 AM   #8
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Heard from a friend on the Tug Hill and he says the annual blood donation is in full swing there, so I'd say nrdu is on the money, at least for Western 'Daks
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:11 PM   #9
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On another ADK Forum one guy stated the blackies are out in force near the Dix's.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:47 PM   #10
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What have people done to help their dogs with black flies? I’ll probably be going out for a few days the second week in June with the dog and expect them to be heavy then. I’m reticent to use any deet on her.
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Old Yesterday, 08:10 PM   #11
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We were in Indian Lake last weekend- lots of swarming but no biting. We were killing them by the handful with each swat on Watch Hill and at the camp. I am guessing they will be biting by now.
For our dog, we treat her with Advantix II monthly and tie a bandanna that is treated with permethrin around her neck.
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Old Yesterday, 08:31 PM   #12
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Black flies have substantially increased their aggressiveness today, more since yesterday or the day before in the SW Adirondacks. But I have to say that the mosquitoes were worse and even more hungry than the black flies today.
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