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    Where are the black flies ?

    Not that I'm complaining !! I figured that this weekend would have been prime time, but I spent Saturday hiking in Crawford Notch and did not see one black fly. I was prepared for the worst...long pants, long sleeve shirt, headnet and 100% deet, but didn't need any of it. Is there something unique to environment around there or is the season getting a late start ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarloafer
    Not that I'm complaining !! I figured that this weekend would have been prime time, but I spent Saturday hiking in Crawford Notch and did not see one black fly. I was prepared for the worst...long pants, long sleeve shirt, headnet and 100% deet, but didn't need any of it. Is there something unique to environment around there or is the season getting a late start ?
    If you really want them, go do Wilson and/or Breadloaf this weekend!!!
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    HUH?????? I did a short hike in Crawford Notch on Sunday and I got swarmed with black flies. Also killed about 4000 of them on Galehead on Fri. And thousands more on Moriah the weekend before.

    - darren
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    F-16's were in out in force.

    I didn't see any Blackflies in the southern Dacks this weekend. The creeks were mostly dry, perhaps this is why. The f-16's (My childhood name for deer flies) were a force to be reckoned with however.

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    They're baaaacccckkkk!

    I was out last weekend and there were almost no black flies (in the Ethan Pond area) but did the Hancocks this weekend and they were brutal! We couldn't even linger on the summits as they were so bad. No problems with them down lower where we camped but hideous up high.

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    They were ALL on Gero Island

    in Chesuncook Lake last weekend..

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    They are on top of Seymour waiting to attack unsuspecting hikers.

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    where are they????

    In my ears, nose and mouth!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamoore63
    but did the Hancocks this weekend and they were brutal! We couldn't even linger on the summits as they were so bad.
    when? on Sun 6/12 there were a few on N Hancock about 1pm but not too bad, & I didn't run into any on S Hancock or on the ridge between.
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    MEB is right, Moosilauke was inundated with them, especially the summit and Carriage Road!
    But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEB
    In my ears, nose and mouth!!
    Ewww, growing?

    My parents warned me about potato bugs growing in my hair when I refused to take a shower when I was a kid in high school or college but this is outrageous!

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    Did not see many black fles but coming down Edmands & on Clinton Road, mosquitos were relentless, even leaving dead mosquitos corpses on arms did not keep their brothers & sisters away
    Have fun & be safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike P.
    Did not see many black fles but coming down Edmands & on Clinton Road, mosquitos were relentless, even leaving dead mosquitos corpses on arms did not keep their brothers & sisters away
    Hahahaha.... that's too funny. I've often left the dead ones on my arm and then yelled out something like: "Fellow bugs take note of your new fallen friends!" "They won't be coming back to the swarm anytime soon!".

    Doesn't work for me either, but it's good to let off a little steam...


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    Up on the Androscoggin River this weekend the Black flies and Midges were brutal, particularly on Thursday night. I nearly walked off the stream around 7:30 PM as I could barely take it. It got better on the weekend - maybe bacause they had more targets to feast on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren
    HUH?????? I did a short hike in Crawford Notch on Sunday and I got swarmed with black flies. Also killed about 4000 of them on Galehead on Fri. And thousands more on Moriah the weekend before.

    - darren
    You never know. I was on Mariah last Wednesday and we lounged on the summit for over an hour at high noon without even a fly-by. Of course, the mosquitos at Dolly Copp Campground had pretty much drained all the blood out of me the night before, so the flies werent missing much.

    thanks,
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