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Old 04-28-2015   #1
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Deso Bug Situation

Any prognostications on the bug situation for Deso? I've only been early season without many issues but this year have a June 30 launch. Thanks!

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Old 04-28-2015   #2
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Going June 15 so interested in the responses too.

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Old 04-28-2015   #3
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Old 04-28-2015   #4
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If people are worried, we used this last year with a lot of success and envy from everyone at the put-in:

The ORIGINAL Bug Shirt - protection from insects since 1991

And these helped and are usable at the elevations in Deso:

2-for-1 Mini Mosquito Repellent Lantern ‚Äď 2006 Model | Specials | Thermacell

Doubt it will be very bad this year considering the flow will be low and the back eddies won't likely be filled in. Both those above helped for a noticeable (but not epic) bug year on Deso last summer. The lantern keeps most away, had one in kitchen and then one we could carry to the groover.

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Old 04-29-2015   #5
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If you haven't tried permethrin you need to. I swear by this stuff.
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Old 04-29-2015   #6
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Three years ago was a low water year and we went at the end of June. Since the water never got high enough to flood the flats there were 0 mosquitos. Unfortunately there was also 0 water. (1600cfs) Had a great time anyway HUGE beaches to camp on when the water is low..
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Old 04-30-2015   #7
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Several years back during an high water year and epic skeeters at Deso, former ranger Skip Edwards explained that they don't come out until after the peak flow starts receding. And the higher the flow, the more skeeters. He explained that they lay eggs in the mud after the river goes down. When the mud is wet they will hatch. Makes sense to me.

So end of June, they will be out. And their numbers will be proportional to the peak flow.
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Old 04-30-2015   #8
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We launched three years ago like Aerocam mentioned on June 21st. Zero bugs, first time I had ever seen that down there. I agree with you bolson, but right now I think this year has the potential and looks to be like that year. Normally end of June sucks though for the bugs. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. The freakiní upstream wind sucked that year so it was a trade off, I would have taken the bugs in exchange for more flow.

Permethrin, (same thing they put on buzz off shirts but you can apply it to any clothing yourself), and Ultrathon work great for me. Maybe a Buff. Thermacells work excellent in the kitchen. Sometimes Iíll throw a couple of those bug candles out for good measure. Maybe a headnet for the kids.

I find the sand wash mosquitoes to be more swarming than biting that might just be me. The biting flies downstream are more annoying, again to me, way fewer but they hurt! Lol

I picked up a July 6th cancellation so just hoping for water.

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Old 05-03-2015   #9
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we just got off deso on the 28th. fantastic level. no bugs what so ever. The ranger said they really haven't had a mosquito problem in a few years. I have a hord time believing that. The mosquitos usually come after high water which is june and july. FYI the utes have closed all stopping and hiking on the east side of the river for now. we had a permit but they still would not honor it. The 9 mile canyon road is paved if you are coming from green river area, this makes the shuttle a lot more scenic, and maybe faster.
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Old 05-03-2015   #10
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I picked up a July 6th cancellation so just hoping for water.
I'm In the exact same boat

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