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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby rock_snow_sky » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:12 am

Between 8/22 and 8/28 from mineral king over sawtooth, columbine, lost canyon, big and litle five, nine lakes, and blackrock canyon, skeeters were certainly still a nuisance. Some evenings when the breeze stopped perhaps a 3 out of 5. In addition to good site selection, there are 2 products I tried on this trip that I can't speak highly enough about: ex officios insect shield clothing, and smart shield natural repellent. They actually worked - I was blown away. For me, smart shield is a game changer.



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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby windknot » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:40 am

Thanks for the info, mountaineer. I've read some of your past reports from the area and they're definitely encouraging.

Mosquito report: 8/28-29, Island/Twin Lakes, Desolation Wilderness - MAR=0, no mosquitoes at all.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby cvr » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:43 pm

About not bringing a camera, I know, I know...We had a few cameras in the group, so I decided I would leave mine in the car. After seeing the others' pics, I will not make that mistake again.

I fished at Graveyard without much luck. There were many packer parties camped at the lake, so we just moved to less travelled area as soon as possible. I caught small-ish fish at Peter Pande (inlet). There seemed to be fewer, but larger fish in Anne. They averaged around 10-11". I mostly fished the outlet area. I really enjoyed my afternoon and early evening there. The 15-20foot cliff jump into the lake from the West side of the penninsula on the northern end of the lake was especially fun and refereshing. There was even an easy place to climb back out of the water. My best fish of the trip came at Wilbur May. It was only 12" or so, but a nice fatty. He's still there waiting for you! :nod:
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby gochicagobears! » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:25 pm

desolation wilderness: labor day weekend.
Maud Lake: 0-1. Mostly in the evening. Didn't seem to be too bad, but had six to seven bites. No deet used.
Doris Lake: 0. Thank god for the wind up there! :)
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby richlong8 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:00 pm

Red Mt. Basin Labor Day weekend- 0
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby budm0318 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:02 pm

Silliman Crest loop 9-7 to 9-11; Jennie, Twin, Lost and Seville Lakes = Big 0. Rowell Meadow = 2.
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby windknot » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:00 pm

I'm surprised there are still mosquitoes at Rowell Meadow, but then I guess this is considered to be one of the worst areas for the little buggers in the Sierra. When I was there in late June I didn't see any (one good thing about the late snow melt).

Anyway, I've got a few updates I've been meaning to put on here:

August 28-29, Twin Lakes/Island Lake, Desolation Wilderness. MAR=0, too cold that weekend for mosquitoes.

September 4-5, Highland Lake, Desolation Wilderness. MAR=1, only annoying in the meadow on the way up to Forni, and even then they weren't too bothersome.

September 11-13, Silver Divide area out of Edison, John Muir Wilderness. MAR=0, only saw a couple spread out over three days.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby hikerchick395 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:39 am

29 SEP 2010 Mosquitos "2" at Lower Rock Creek and 395. One got in a humongous chomp on my elbow. (Not as bad as the rash from the stinging nettles I brushed against.)

Same day...North Lake "2" Warm temps...another hatch? Got a couple bites, with a few others flying about.

Dang...got chomped on at home last night while I slept too...
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby teejay » Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:33 pm

H.C.
Sounds like you can easily get a job with Cutter Industries as a test subject.
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Re: 2010 Skeeter Updates

Postby bheiser1 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:18 pm

hikerchick395 wrote:Dang...got chomped on at home last night while I slept too...


Haha, yeah ... right here in the city (SF) I've had that problem a couple times over the past month ... mostly during that short bit of hot weather we had recently...
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