How are them little buggers this year? Days before next trip. Anything out of ordinary this season? Head nets and quiet times in the tent? Planning somewhat shallow waters so extra care needs to be taken. All you paddlers give me advise. Thanks.
The following is only a generalization of course, but I just got back from around the Isabella area and points south of there. I found the mosquitoes to be the worst they have been in four years. They started to become very annoying around 7pm in open areas, and were thick during the day while hiking around in the woods. The good news is that the black flies are dying down, and the dragon flies have hatched. Your mileage may vary depending on conditions.
Was just at Slim. I rarely get bit much (sour blood?), so can't comment there... but I can tell you when breeze was down, moderate amount of bugs hovered around; nothing beyond ordinary. Breeze always fixes everything.