Originally Posted by John_in_Loveland
My understanding is that their was a plague of bees on the Salmon this summer. Was this the same situation on the Middle Fork?
I am also starting to network with people that might have low water MF experience......
Hard to say how bad the bees might be. They are actually these I think
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August can be a bad month on the MF, but usually they take off as soon as it gets cold. If your folks know what their reaction level may be...they shouldn't be too bad at that time. If it stays unusually warm there could be problems the further down you go. Once below the Flying B there is no airstrip access you can float to so if it is a bad reaction you are floating to the confluence to seek further medical attention.
Your people can take precautions if it does happen. I have only seen someone who was being careless get stung more than once during a trip if they weren't around the food that is. This is about 20 years of floating off and on and five commercial somewhere in the 70-80s for number of trips.
Allergic folks should stay away from the kitchen and food in a wasp situation. Eat in a tent if you have to. They can help with dishes after dark as the wasps are gone. Keep a super clean camp. Leave nothing out for any period of time. Precook the last meals if you can so less prep and exposure to the bees. Stay on the water longer so you aren't lounging at a camp that has already seen 50 to 80 nights of micro food debris to attract the nasties.
Stay at smaller less used camps. There are stats on camp usage somewhere.
Maybe take a screened enclosure. You should get a sense of how things might be by the 3rd week of August.
So the short answer is - I think you risks are low and manageable but you should prepare for the worst especially if it stays hot. Multiple epipens, benadryl etc.
Originally Posted by Sleepless
Anyone IK it that time of year?
Pretty easy IKing with a handful of "don't really want to be there" and that is mostly down a way. Top is very creek like with not a lot of flipper holes, even for IKs. Busy and need to keep looking ahead.