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hoofengooffer
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Post Number: 5
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 3:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I have heard that the Black flies have already started in the North Bay and Temagami areas. After using all of my 95% deet Muskol last year I am desperately seeking a replacement, any suggestions.
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preacher
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Orly? I seriously doubt it. They don't tend to get started until mid May.
95% deet is about 60% wasted deet, imo.
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hoofengooffer
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 9:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

My aunt and uncle just came down this past weekend from temagami and my brother-in-law just dropped off a truck load in North Bay I assure you they have started already.
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bush_pilot
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Post Number: 137
Registered: 03-2004


Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 9:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Not a chance!! It was 6 below last night and only + 7 today.

(Message edited by Bush Pilot on April 15, 2008)
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brian
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Post Number: 871
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 9:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Are you sure they didn't confuse blackflies with snow fleas, which are out?
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preacher
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 5:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Aha! The plot thickens.
Wikipedia says they're harmless.
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brian
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Post Number: 872
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Harmless? Not a chance. They carry spring fever!
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plumpick
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 04-2008


Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 11:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I'll be spending the 2nd & 3rd weeks of June in the Southwest Arm of Lake Temagami. Are the black flies as bad then as I've heard?
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brian
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Post Number: 875
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 9:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

It depends on how open the area is to wind, and more importantly, whether there is any moving water around. There are many islands on the lake that often do not get blackflies.
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irishfield
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Post Number: 166
Registered: 11-2004


Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 3:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

They were a non-issue last year... other than the May long weekend... when they always seem to smell fresh food coming to Finlayson PPark. Amazing how they first appear about Friday noon.. lol
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plumpick
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 04-2008


Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 5:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks! I've never been on the lake this early and was fearing the worst.
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irishfield
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Post Number: 167
Registered: 11-2004


Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 7:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

They don't bother me much personally, but the wife takes care of them this way. This was taken May 16th, 2006... when pike were open all year.
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plumpick
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Post Number: 5
Registered: 04-2008


Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 8:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I've already picked up a number of headnets but the Mrs. isn't crazy about the idea... particularly while swimming.

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