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Old 12-26-2014, 03:24 PM   #5
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That is pushing the season.. Its apt to be very windy a few days after ice out as the lake sets up to turn over and mix.

You can live with blackflies. Inhospitable windy weather and just above freezing water is another level of peril.

Likely the blackflies will swarm two weeks after ice out and bite two weeks after that.

By picking appropriate color clothing and appropriate campsites the blackflies are an issue only if you have a severe allergy.

Blackflies are not always predictable. Last year where I live in the woods of Maine the first four hatches failed so the September hatch of females still bit.
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