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Old 03-22-2014, 09:18 PM
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A lot of trout fishing is trying to gauge expectations. After having a pretty good day a few weeks ago, I was a little disappointed with my next two trips to the park. A couple Saturdays ago Nathan and I both fished for 4 hours hard, and I only managed 3 fish to hand. While I'm willing to drag a double nymph combo, it is much more of a pain than a dry dropper. Al least I wasn't alone: http://littleriveroutfitters.com/for...ad.php?t=17369

This week really started to feel like Spring and with the fishing guage pushed up from fair to excellent. Byron's fishing report has been making me anxious all week, and I was ready for some good fishing.

Unfortunately Thursday night got pretty cold and dropped the temp by 8 degrees. It was definitely enough to put them back into their Winter Coma

Here's where we went



The forest was starting to wake up from her slumber





This wasn't there the week before



Luckily we were headed in another direction

I guess this is why Mommy wouldn't let me play with sharp objects



There were tons of these guys out and about



And it looks like my wilderness first aid course paid off



Trillium are up and should be on display soon





Don't remember the name of this one but it sure is Purdy

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Old 03-22-2014, 09:23 PM
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At this point you are probably wondering where the fish pictures are. Well here is the first one.



Here Nathan get some casting practice



And my second and last fish of the day



Water temp was 46 when we got there and 48 when we left. Beautiful day to practice casting
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:17 AM
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Nice pics and report, spring is here (officially and in reality). Practicing casting sure beats working too.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:30 PM
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There were tons of these guys out and about



Looks like one of the many species of Blister Beetles...some will bleed a chemical called "cantharidin, an odorless terpene (exo-1,2-cis-dimethyl-3,6-ep- oxyhexahydro-phthalic anhydride) occurring elsewhere only in beetles of the family Oedemeridae (Arnett 200" from the joints on the legs when threatened. Quite fascinating!

But can cause this...if one is not careful with their species handling!!



Not my neck...Nice fish BTW!!

Russ

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Old 03-24-2014, 01:22 PM
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There were tons of these guys out and about



Looks like one of the many species of Blister Beetles...some will bleed a chemical called "cantharidin, an odorless terpene (exo-1,2-cis-dimethyl-3,6-ep- oxyhexahydro-phthalic anhydride) occurring elsewhere only in beetles of the family Oedemeridae (Arnett 200" from the joints on the legs when threatened. Quite fascinating!

But can cause this...if one is not careful with their species handling!!



Not my neck...Nice fish BTW!!

Russ
I got a little spot on my arm that I thought was poison Ivy, but now think it may be a "Beetle Blister". Is it worth making a doctor appt. over or should I just try some antihistamine and wait and see?

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Old 03-24-2014, 05:14 PM
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"Medical treatment beyond first aid is usually not needed unless there is an major reaction to the bite."

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...7104834AACz6uF
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:21 PM
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Thanks so much for the photos of the Blister Beetle as well as the blisters on the nape of the neck. Cantharidin is commonly used to treat warts in children and adolescent patients. Some cantharidin is compounded using synthetic chemicals but some contains natural blister beetle juice from these impressive bugs. I now have great photos for teaching purposes.
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