The Sickada: A Foam Cicada Fly Pattern

A more realistic body profile

cicada fly pattern foam

In honor of the epic 17-year Cicada emergence this year, I was on an R&D mission for a new fly design. First, I went back over a few older Cicada fly patterns I'd tied in the past. Then I looked at resources online as well as some field research looking at actual bugs. The one below was found and photographed recently here in Utah while I was hunting bugs waiting for Cheech to bring his fat butt upstream. This Cicada is a little more bland than some of the other bugs I've seen but it still fits the mold of what I was planning for the fly pattern.

adult cicada fly pattern

adult cicada fly pattern

adult cicada fly pattern

In the end, I fine-tuned a couple of different fly patterns I'd tied in the past (for both crickets and Cicadas) and ended up with this Cicada fly pattern concoction. Looking at the photo below (thanks, you'll see the more tapered underside profile with a definite striped segmentation. Coloration varies from mostly black to black/orange/yellow to the more traditionally known black and orange. The pattern shown above was tied to imitate the more yellowish insects, but colors can be varied according to the colors you see around your local streams and lakes.

I also wanted the fly to float well enough to support bigger sized droppers, so you'll see this Cicada pattern incorporates as much foam as possible.

UPDATE NOTE: While the original Sickada pattern is a killer fly, I've done much better on the newer Project Cicada shown below. It's an easier tie and is a more balanced floating pattern. 

And best of all, you can buy them here if you'd like: Project Cicadas
My "Go-To" cicada now

adult cicada fly pattern
Old version (orange and black variation)

**Material List

HookPartridge Attitude Extra #4 or Gamakatsu L10-2H  (BUY HERE)
ThreadVeevus Fly Tying Thread 10/0, Orange  (BUY HERE)
BodyTying Foam, 6mm, Black  (BUY HERE)
WingThin Wing, Lt. Dun  (BUY HERE)
Over-WingPara Post Wing Material, Dark Gray & Fl. Orange  (BUY HERE)
Wing CoverCrosslink Foam, 1mm, Black  (BUY HERE)
LegsCentipede Legs, Speckled Orange  (BUY HERE)
Eyes: Mono, melted and colored

**Or buy the flies directly from us pre-tied:  Buy Here

Tools etc:

And the video tutorial for the new Project Cicada...