Cicada

Cicadas are insects with a very interesting life cycle and are found around the world. They become available to trout during their brief adult stage. The Green River below Flaming George Reservoir is a popular fishing destination for our club members. Look for Cicadas there in late spring. As an adult, they are a flying insect but very poor pilots and find themselves in the water frequently where fish readily feed on them. One clue that they are around is by the unusual clicking sound that they make. Don't hesitate to fish them anywhere or anytime. They float without floatant due to the foam body.

Hook:Standard dry fly hook, i.e. TMC 100 size 10
Thread:Black 6/0 or 8/0
Body:Black foam, 5mm thick
Glue:Zap-a-Gap or Super Glue
Underwing:Golden Crystal Flash
Overwing:White calf tail
Legs:Speckled golden/tan rubber legs
Thorax:Brown grizzly

1. Crimp barb.
2. Lay down layer of thread on entire shank. Tie off, cut thread.
3. Cut foam strip 3mm wide. Cut into 7/8" long pieces. Shape, rounded in front, pointed in back. (see diagram) Cut slot in bottom, (see diagram) Put glue on shank. Position body on top of hook with shank in slit. Push down on center of foam until glue dries.
4. Attach thread mid shank. Snugly wrap forward compressing foam in thorax area.
5. Cut one strand of Crystal Flash into 4 pieces. Stack. Lay center of bundle on top of thorax, make two wraps, fold forward strands to rear, tie in place.
6. Clean and stack tips of small bundle of calf tail hairs. Lay on top of body, tips extending to tips of Crystal Flash. Tie in place, cut excess. Use black sharpie to darken stub ends. Apply glue to tie in.
7. Cut rubber legs into 4 pieces 1 1/4” long. Attach center of 2 on far side of thorax, then 2 on near side.
8. Using hackle with barbs 2-3 times hook gap, cut off butt end leaving 3 3 1/2 inches. Cut crew cut at butt end. Attach crew cut on top of thorax. Make many wraps around entire thorax. Tie off, cut excess.
9. Half hitch knot being eye. Cut thread.
10. Cut barbs short.