The pattern described is my take on some of the more appealing cicada patterns I have seen and used. As typical, I try to make my patterns as simple as possible and still do the job. With cicadas, there are a number of triggers I feel one should try to mimic. First is the obvious stout, robust profile. Cicadas are shorter than most people think, and very broad. I do feel too much emphasis is placed on imitating the coloration of the abdomen. As you will see, I prefer to focus on the profile. Second, cicadas are cumbersome and will certainly make a disturbance when they hit the water. The pattern must be built so that it will “splat” resoundingly. Too much fluff will slow it’s descent. Third, cicadas have oversized, and very apparent wings. They need to be included. The trick then is to sum these all into a pattern that will float, catch fish, and not require an epoch at the vise. I think this pattern suits the bill.
Hook: 2XL Dry Fly Hook, #10
Underbody: Black 3mm fly foam
Abdomen: Rusty Orange Antron Yarn
Over Body: Black 3mm Fly Foam
Wings: Pearl Krystal Flash
Thorax: Rusty Orange Antron Yarn
Head: Black 3 mm Fly Foam
Legs: Orange Centipede Legs
Place the foam point on the hook shank and bind it forward then back with open tight thread wraps. We are trying to protect the integrity of the foam to assist with floatation, if you bind it with too many wraps it will not float.
Fold the foam forward and allow it to cup around the sides as shown. Bind it down to the hook with thread wraps forward to the eye, then back again. Be sure the wraps are tight and it’s OK to add some super glue underneath for security.
Select a healthy dollop of pearl Krystal Flash. Secure the strands, with one end facing rearward, the other forward, to the far side of the thorax right at the rear edge of the antron band. 3 or 4 tight wraps will suffice.
Loren Williams is an accomplished fly angler with over 3-decades of angling and tying experience behind him. He is considered one of the best teaching guides in Upstate New York where he guides for salmon, trout, andsteelhead using traditional fly-fishing techniques (http://www.flyguysoutfitting.com/). Loren is also a very popular public speaker, regularly presenting on topics relating to fly-fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout. Additionally, Loren is a successful competitive angling member of Fly Fishing Team USA.