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PostThu Jun 20, 2019 6:40 pm 
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I'm with you -- I have been lucky as well. I think they are just trying to get me overconfident, hoping I'll forget about them. HA! I know you little buggers are out there. I'm not falling for that.

It's early. It's not even summer yet. Don't worry, they will be here.
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PostFri Jun 21, 2019 10:39 am 
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I was thinking of starting a post myself asking the same question. So far, in the areas around Mason lake and the Issaquah alps, I've yet to see a mosquito, even with very little wind. But I have no doubt they will arise.....
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PostFri Jun 21, 2019 11:58 am 
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Wondering if it will be a light year. Much of Washington has been in drought conditions, and it's cooling down right about now when you'd think a big hatch would be going on.

That said, I always consider July to be the height of bug season in WA, so there's still time.
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PostFri Jun 21, 2019 12:14 pm 
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Yeah, summer doesn't even start until...oh, today.  Seems like there's been a lack of tick encounters too, even on Cashmere.
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PostFri Jun 21, 2019 12:27 pm 
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neek wrote:
Seems like there's been a lack of tick encounters too, even on Cashmere.

Had a few ticks on Mount Hardy a few weeks ago. One even survived both the washer and dryer. Found one crawling on my hiking pants as I was folding laundry...
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PostTue Jun 25, 2019 1:59 pm 
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Hutch wrote:
Wondering if it will be a light year. Much of Washington has been in drought conditions, and it's cooling down right about now when you'd think a big hatch would be going on.

That said, I always consider July to be the height of bug season in WA, so there's still time.

Went to Pratt Lake this weekend and can confirm that the bugs do indeed exist; they're just slow to bloom this year.
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PostFri Jul 05, 2019 3:38 pm 
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Seems like the bugs are taking off rapidly. I had the worst mosquito event I've ever had in my whole life yesterday in the enchantments. From about 300 feet above upper snow lake, to 300 feet below lower snow lake, the mosquitos were biting multiple times per minute while moving at a brisk pace (I don't know that I've ever had bugs biting while walking quickly like that, usually you're safe as long as on the move). Breaks were not possible as there'd be 10 mosquitos biting you within 10 seconds of stopping. We went without water through that stretch because stopping to filter would be intolerable.

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PostFri Jul 05, 2019 3:55 pm 
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I did a mini loop-traverse in the Chelan Sawtooth in mid-July a few years ago - at one lake in the morning there were literally columns of mosquito that were hatching - thick enough to photograph......

Freezing levels rise quite a bit in the next 4-10 days, that should bring them out.
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PostSun Jul 07, 2019 12:32 pm 
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There were plenty of mozzies and black flies in any wind sheltered areas up near Mt McCausland last weekend.
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 5:12 am 
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Found plenty in Index Cr.
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 6:23 am 
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My daughter just spent 3 days at Doelle and Chain Lakes and there were plenty of mosquitos around there with the rain and wind offering a brief respite at times. The fish looked well fed.

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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 6:32 am 
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Did they catch any fish?
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 8:09 am 
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Enjoyed a completely bugless Tunnel Creek (OP) hike up to 5050 pass this past Saturday.  Not a one, even at Harrison.  Of course, we were basically in a cloud for most of the hike.  With no views, didn't bother with 5345 (Valhalla?), but I'm sure that's where the swarms would have been hanging!
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 8:57 am 
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An unpopular proposal I'm sure, but I would not be surprised to learn that the rapid decline in insect biomass is reflected in some part here.
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 9:38 am 
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Sky Hiker wrote:
Did they catch any fish?

She was working as a backcountry ranger so no fishing this time but now she knows so in the future she will be back one of the perks of the job is she gets paid for backpacking everywhere but it sounds like a young persons job.

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