Another Go-To Crunch Bug
|Project Cicada (v. 2)|
Some of the bigger differences are the technique to make the body (much easier now) and using the heated-foam technique for shaping the body a bit more realistically. The overall profile and wing method is relatively unchanged, although we throw in some para-post wing material to aid flotation and keep the fly balanced.
|First version of the Project Cicada|
So in order to keep the CG (that's center of gravity for you non-nerds) more in line with the hook weight and dimensions, I swapped out the foam and deer hair for two colors of parapost wing material. And speaking of hooks, that's one of the key elements of any bigger foam pattern. You need a hook with a big enough gap to accommodate a bit of foam "belly" on the pattern, while being heavy enough to offset the weight of the materials but not be so heavy that the fly sinks. We searched and tested with many different hook types. We'll recommend the two listed below from Partridge and Gamakatsu respectively to be some of the better choices for terrestrial or big foam fly hooks.
Also, one other change we made here was to scale back the brightness of the orange color. Our buddy Colby, a guide on the Green River in Utah, had sent a few photo and video samples of bugs along with what we also concluded to be a recommendation to tone down the orange a bit. So we went with a more subdued color scheme here.
scored really well. In fact, I was surprised to see how many fish would reject a hopper pattern but yet move several feet (and in one case a full eat-and-a-miss only to circle back around) to eat this pattern. And this was in conditions where not many cicadas were actually out and about.
Plus it's a fun pattern to tie.
Material ListHook: Partridge Attitude Extra #4 or Gamakatsu L10-2H (BUY HERE)
Thread: Veevus Fly Tying Thread 10/0, Orange (BUY HERE)
Body: Crosslink Foam, 6mm, Black (BUY HERE)
Wing: Thin Wing, Lt. Dun (BUY HERE)
Over-Wing: Para Post Wing Material, Dark Gray & Fl. Orange (BUY HERE)
Wing Cover: Crosslink Foam, 1mm, Black (BUY HERE)
Legs: Centipede Legs, Speckled Orange (BUY HERE)
Eyes: Mono, melted and colored
- Beavertail Foam Cutter (Large Size) (BUY HERE)
- Hopper Caddis Ant Cutter (Large Size) (BUY HERE)
- Tomsu Hopper Kit (for wing cover and/or wing) (BUY HERE)
- Razor Blades (BUY HERE)
- Hemostats (to hold the eyes) (BUY HERE)
- Super Glue (BUY HERE)