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Old 07-02-2019   #1
 
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Deso Bug Report

I have a 7/7 launch. In looking at the flows, seems they are coming down. From reading everything, that seems to be the trigger of the swarms. Anyone with any reports as of the last few days?


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Putting on this upcoming Saturday, Aug 10, and reviving this old thread. Any bug update on Deso? Floating with young kids and doubtful we can make it to Jack Creek on first day.

Also, in reading past threads, I assume collecting driftwood for fires should not be an issue.
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River Runners Transport will have the latest bug report.

Fire pan fires only...see stipulations below:

g. Do not camp or build fires on Public Land within 1/2 mile of mouth of Rock Creek.

h. Make campfires only in fire pans and limit the use of gathered wood for
campfires to driftwood found along river banks and beaches.

Have a great trip!
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Went and bought $40 worth of mosquito coils, repellent, and headnets yesterday in anticipation of a 8/17 launch. Any updates would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Also, in reading past threads, I assume collecting driftwood for fires should not be an issue.
There is plenty of drift wood in the canyon. What the rangers don't want you to do is bring in firewood from outside of the area. This is because of the invasive species of bugs that it might contain from where it was collected.
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We floated from 7/26 to 8/1. Bugs at sand wash were significant, but not as bad I have heard. After sand wash, bugs got a lot better but were bad is and around vegetated areas. Overall, bugs were way better than I anticipated based on reports. Ranger said they had gotten a lot better about a week before we got there.

What a great stretch!
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Just got off the river yesterday. 8/1-8/5. Skeeters at put-in were bad but we had a screen cabin. We didn't have a trailer so we tried to rig and prep as much as we could before a.m. In the morn they were nuts but we had long sleeves and a 4 dollar head net. many boats rigged and launched that morn with the same idea of the head net. After that day our trip was pretty amazing and we were able to prep, cook, clean and talk into the night from there on out. No need to bring any wood...plentyO'drift out there. rained a little here and there but it was very very nice and would encourage anyone still trying to plan to go for it and enjoy your time. Peace
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Just got back yesterday from a float July29-Aug 5. The bugs at Sand Wash put in were bad with a definite hum in the air. Felt like I was at a casino with every bug singing in the same key... I pretreated some clothes with permethrin and had a bug net. Was definitely tolerable. Would go with the 100 DEET no doubt. A couple of bottles. Just a heads up, the screen rooms, which we had, don't tend to have doors that close well, so bring some tools or a screen tent if you plan on staying the night. We did not make it to Jacks Creek the first day as our flow was around 3400. Stayed on a sand bar at lower gold camp and that was really so much better. Got better and better the further south you go, more sand flies, less mosquitoes. Had a great trip and really enjoyed. For those of you putting on, check out my strainer thread about the log at lower Coal Creek. Might want to stay in the raft and not kayak that one till the log moves on.

Just a quick note for consideration, when rigging at Sand Island, try and unload and move the cars at the put in away as a consideration for others. We got two of our five rafts put in after dark. Mosquitoes tend to bite a wee bit more then. Only have so many pints to donate at sand wash.
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I pretreated some clothes with permethrin and had a bug net. Was definitely tolerable. Would go with the 100 DEET no doubt. A couple of bottles.
I've pre-treated a set of clothes for everyone, and stocked the arsenal with several bottles of 100 DEET.

Thanks for all the beta. Will circle back with any worthy TR.
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We did the Yampa a week or so ago and the bugs were plentiful. We had a Thermacell bug repeller along and it definitely helped keep the bugs down in the camps. Limited range (they say a 15 foot radius) but it has enough range for the kitchen, or a chair circle.
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