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Old 05-03-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Black Flies in Daks Yet?

Hey all, headed up tonight. Are they out in force yet, or is it still early enough in the season that it isn't too bad?

Thanks!!!

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Old 05-03-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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They are out in force here in the edge of Tug Hill but we are a bit lower in elevation.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:50 PM   #3
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Spent all day in Shaker Mt Wild Forest.

No black flies seen.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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There were some out yesterday north of Old Forge.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:52 PM   #5
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None at Long Lake over the weekend.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:03 PM   #6
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How bad are the black flies?

My husband and I started hiking the ADK 46 in February and are very excited for spring conditions. I keep hearing about the black flies. How bad are they really? I have mapped out several hikes through May and June. I really do not want to lose the momentum we have gained over the past few months...

If we backpack the Sewards June 4-5 will we be eaten alive???
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:09 PM   #7
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they are coming, maybe with the dry spring won't be as bad..but they are coming...enjoy
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:50 PM   #8
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Just a few in the LGWF.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:14 PM   #9
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Out and swarming in Aldrich Pond WF on Friday and Saturday. Not too many were landing or biting yet though.

None today in Keene Valley.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:51 PM   #10
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They are out in the northern Siamese Ponds Wilderness -- out, but not biting.

Yet.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:56 PM   #11
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:09 AM   #12
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He's not kidding. Going to the western high peaks in early June is probably just about worst case. Go now (like right now, this coming weekend) or save that area until July. Late May through late June is a good time for the Catskills, or for drier peaks in the eastern hp, like Giant or Cascade, and on a windy day.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:41 PM   #13
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Beginning to Swarm near McKeever; Fri, Sat, Sun.
Not as many north of Old Forge.
Forestport nearly none... yet.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:43 PM   #14
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Swarming in Wilcox Lake WF, not biting yet.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:44 PM   #15
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Hardly any, Lows Lake this weekend.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:49 PM   #16
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There were a number of them around but non biting @ Rock River, Indian lk
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:26 PM   #17
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My husband and I started hiking the ADK 46 in February and are very excited for spring conditions. I keep hearing about the black flies. How bad are they really? I have mapped out several hikes through May and June. I really do not want to lose the momentum we have gained over the past few months...

If we backpack the Sewards June 4-5 will we be eaten alive???
Absolutely. I've spoken to people about black flies before that have never experienced them and they always think I'm exaggerating...that is until they ignore my advice and experience being swarmed relentlessly by black flies for an entire day or more. It is very unpleasant.

As others have already mentioned, stay away form the wetter areas like the Sewards during that time unless you enjoy torture.

Personally I tend to avoid the high peaks altogether from mid May until late June or early July. There are plenty of beautiful places to hike that don't involve those wretched black flies and many months without them in the High Peaks. Maybe I'm a wimp but I prefer to enjoy my hikes.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:33 PM   #18
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They're out in force in Franklin County and they're hungry. Miserable.

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Old 05-07-2013, 08:52 PM   #19
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Biting with a vengeance in Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area!

I forgot how much they hurt when they bite and then itch for days.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:36 PM   #20
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Not many yet in Ferris Lake WF area.
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