Adirondack Forum  
Rules Membership Donations and Online Store Adkhighpeaks Foundation ADKhighpeaks Forums ADKhighpeaks Wiki Disclaimer

Go Back   Adirondack Forum > The Adirondack Forum > Adirondack Wildlife
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-17-2019, 05:13 PM   #1
dharter
Member
 
dharter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 86
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)
dharter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2019, 08:27 AM   #2
Lucky13
Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 458
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!)
Lucky13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2019, 09:44 AM   #3
poconoron
Backcountry Wanderer
 
poconoron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pocono Mts, Pa. and Adirondacks
Posts: 814
There are some around here in Ferris Lake WF area but not biting YET...........
__________________
Ahh............Wilderness.......
poconoron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2019, 10:15 AM   #4
webby459
Member
 
webby459's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 180
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.
webby459 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2019, 10:42 AM   #5
TrailBlaser
Member
 
TrailBlaser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Brewster, NY
Posts: 240
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.
__________________
"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world."
John Muir
TrailBlaser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 01:24 PM   #6
ndru
Member
 
ndru's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 138
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.
ndru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2019, 04:24 PM   #7
Woodly
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: SNY
Posts: 204
Wilmington and Black Brook have some/not many. Seems more up higher than lower, that'll change quick.
Woodly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2019, 10:39 AM   #8
Lucky13
Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 458
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
Lucky13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2019, 07:11 PM   #9
Woodly
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: SNY
Posts: 204
On another ADK Forum one guy stated the blackies are out in force near the Dix's.
Woodly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2019, 08:47 PM   #10
webby459
Member
 
webby459's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 180
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.
webby459 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2019, 08:10 PM   #11
bassanglers912
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 203
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.
bassanglers912 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2019, 08:31 PM   #12
Wldrns
Member
 
Wldrns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Western Adirondacks
Posts: 3,990
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.
__________________
"Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." -Walt Whitman
Wldrns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2019, 08:02 AM   #13
Lucky13
Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 458
We always found that if we got bitten bad enough by the black flies, the mosquitoes couldn't find anywhere to get their sucker in between all the bite welts!
Lucky13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2019, 02:18 PM   #14
IndLk_Brett
Member
 
IndLk_Brett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 217
Quote:
Originally Posted by webby459 View Post
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.






Take this picture as a bit of warning about bringing the dogs during heavy black fly season.

Ever since this trip (which I actually cut way short and retreated from as quick as possible for my dog's sake) I've tended to leave dogs home on multi-day trips at the peak of BF season. It kills hiking dogs to watch owners leave without them, but it's simply not worth it IMHO when the bugs can be at their worst.

On this particular trip the first two days during my hike in were fine - there were definitely flies and mosquitos, but nothing too bad or above average. Unfortunately, things changed dramatically and they begin to swarm after I was in fairly deep. By that time I had bushwhacked way off trail, far in the interior and a long way from the trailhead I accessed the area from. I hiked out as quick as I could, but you can see what happened in the interim. Lesson learned.

Other than that I use Frontline or Advantix and a dog safe bug spray on exposed skin. Something more potent in extreme cases if it becomes absolutely necessary.

Last edited by IndLk_Brett; 05-24-2019 at 03:26 PM..
IndLk_Brett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2019, 03:15 PM   #15
Buckladd
Member
 
Buckladd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Hogtown
Posts: 1,050
I've been turkey hunting all month in the Lake George region and they really kicked in last weekend once it warmed up. Last Saturday afternoon, May 18, I did a short afternoon hike in Bolton with some friends and they were as bad as I've seen in years. Ticks are out too. Come here prepared.
__________________
Life's short, hunt hard!
Buckladd is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2019, 08:28 PM   #16
Schultzz
Low Impact Skidder
 
Schultzz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 837
Greenmoxie’s Shoo Fly! Black Fly Repellent Recipe
Mix 2 cups water with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 10 drops of spearmint, mint or peppermint essential oils. Spray pets, family members, strollers, clothing and around doors and windows.
__________________
Never Argue With An Idiot. They Will Drag You Down To Their Level And Beat You With Experience.
Schultzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2019, 09:39 PM   #17
Kevin7
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 63
Rocky Peak Ridge May 29-31

I camped at Blueberry Cobbles and hiked Rocky Peak Ridge May 29-31.
Black Flies not as bad as I expected. I was swarmed a few times, but they were mostly not biting. It was really not a problem when I hiked the East Trail all day Thursday. It was a little bit more of a problem at the campsite.
Kevin7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2019, 10:44 PM   #18
Grey-Jay
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: NY State
Posts: 822
Perkins Clearing and Uncas Rd were brutal.
Grey-Jay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2019, 07:53 PM   #19
TCD
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,761
Everything is very late here. In the Giant Wilderness the woods looked more like April than June. At 2500' at mid day, there were almost no bugs. At 1800' around 6 PM, they were a little annoying but not terrible. I am sure they are coming, and it will be hell...
TCD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2019, 03:42 PM   #20
Lonehiker
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Dolgeville
Posts: 97
I was in the southern Adirondacks today. I climbed Panther mountain (Echo Cliff) and Kane Mountain. I was done by 1:00pm. I noticed next to zero black flies. The deer flies are starting to come out, but not aggressive yet.
Lonehiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
black flies


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:43 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

DISCLAIMER: Use of these forums, and information found herein, is at your own risk. Use of this site by members and non-members alike is only granted by the adkhighpeak.com administration provided the terms and conditions found in the FULL DISCLAIMER have been read. Continued use of this site implies that you have read, understood and agree to the terms and conditions of this site. Any questions can be directed to the Administrator of this site.