The cicadas are coming! By now, you ve definitely heard that this year, the Brood X cicadas will be hatching throughout the East and parts of the Midwest. Fly fishers are drooling at the possibility of huge trout pertaining to the surface area to delight in these huge bugs, so replicas have actually been multiplying for months in advance of the hatch. Unfortunately, Vermont is not house to these bugs, so we will need to take a trip south and west to discover them.
In this week s fantastic video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, he strolls you through the actions to produce a foam-body variation that looks a lot like the monstrosities frequently fished out West. All of it starts with a four-layer foam body. To discover how to produce such a foam sandwich, have a look at Tim s One-Minute Tying Tips video from recently, How to Bond Layers of Craft Foam. Then it s everything about protecting the products and making the pattern simple to see.
Extremely Easy Cicada
Hook: Bomber hook (here an Ahrex HR418), size 4.
Thread: Black, 6/0 or 140-denier or much heavier.
Underbody: Black rabbit-fur dubbing.
Adhesive # 1: Superglue (here, Fly Tyers Z-Ment).
Body: Black and orange 2mm foam.
Legs: Orange black-barred round-rubber legs, medium.
Underwing: Pearl Krystal Flash.
Adhesive # 2: Superglue (here, Fly Tyers Z-Ment).
Wing: Tan deer-body hair, cleaned up and stacked.
Location: Orange 2mm foam.
Thread cover: Black rabbit-fur dubbing.
Adhesive: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails).
Tools: Foam-body cutter, spray adhesive, whip-finish tool, bodkin.