Five days Rock-Pen-Welcome-Frank-Louisa etc. Saw three skeeters of the winter kind that is large slow and non biting.
But it was rainy and cold. What might have been dry before is now flowing strong. We had several fords on the Louisa Rock portage to knee deep. When the weather warms the blackflies will emerge depending as they do on moving clear water.
We did not need bug jackets nor dope. That is not to say you can get away with the same.
I killed a couple black flies crawling on my skin today. ( I know, not very buddha of me.) We're planning on going out again next week, so I hope they don't get any worse, but that hope gets fainter every day. Without frost, I think it may be an early bug season this year. I've already been bit by a mosquito last week on Burnt Island. We're planning a trip south for the end of the month, you can only take so much of bug season.
My wife and I took a hike on some crown land a little to the west of the the park (near access point #2) yesterday (May 6th).
The blackflies were out in force, swarming all around us, but they were not biting yet. We stopped to boil some water for some coffee and lunch and the small amount of smoke drove them off, so we probably have less than a week left before they start needing their blood meals.
There was a good heavy frost last night, but the black flies are swarming. They're bound to start biting soon... if a good heavy frost doesn't hold them back, I don't know what will. Unfortuantely there is still a lot of moisture in the ground so they have water to breed in, I guess we have them now until water temperatures get to be warm and the forest floor is dry. Things are not looking good for the Long May Weekend.
Although I don't have a bug report, here's a classic Canadian folk song about black flies:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLBXb1kgMo. The song start about 30 seconds in. Something to sing to yourself while you're being attacked on the portage? Cheers!
We run three to five days ahead of Canoe Lake here at home.
The blackflies were out in force. Of course it was 24 degrees. They were biting. Seriously I have never see them so bad we have had to wear bugsuits on the water. I did not have a camera but there were thousands in front of my face. Fifty feet away from shore in calm conditions.
Look forward to an explosion in the next few days.
Yup,black flies are out full force here in the Pontiac too. Swarming & biting. Nearly drove me crazy planting flowers today. Good news is they should be on the decline by the time June 15 rolls around when I am booked at Achray.
Just got back from Ralph Byce. They are there with very few biting. A couple of us had welts. To put it in perspective we had a bug tent and jackets and used neither. Did use spray though. Also we had a breezy site, but even back in the bush it was OK. If they were biting more we would have been in for a frustrated time (there were lots around).