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Shawnny3May 8th, 2007, 7:42 pm
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Here are a few pics of my cicada ties I discuss in I am embarrassed to share pictures of such (poor) quality on this venerable site, but this is the best I can do without my wife's help. Ugly pics of ugly flies, I guess - these flies aren't meant to be pretty. The body of each runs about 1-1/2" long.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
TroutnutMay 18th, 2007, 9:37 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Those look good! Very generally "buggy," plus you nailed the bulky size and shape of the cicada and the segmented look of the abdomen.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
RleePMay 19th, 2007, 5:25 am
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

Posts: 398


I'll give them a whirl.

Shawnny3May 19th, 2007, 5:38 am
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Thanks, guys. I see Jason's cicada pics on this site show a bug that's more black and yellow, not so orangish. My guess is that different broods are slightly different colors. Since the hatch comes and goes so quickly (and doesn't repeat itself again for awhile!) it makes sense to try to be prepared ahead of time. But I'm not sure how you'd get a picture or a natural from your locale ahead of time, unless some old-timer has one from the last time they were around.

Best of luck, RleeP. Hope you get to fish the hatch of a lifetime - I wish I had.


P.S. By the way, Jason, the second fly is one I was fooling around with that time we went bass fishing and you were doing well on the DD. I had caught a few bass on it before, and what else am I going to do with them now? Not so great that day, though...
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
MartinlfMay 19th, 2007, 5:42 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
They look excellent to me as well. I believe the 17 year locust is generally more red or orange, while the annual locusts around here have green backs and grey bellies. Fly Fisherman had an article on cicadas with pattern (when the 17 year locusts were hatching a few years back) that I believe was called the mondo backing cicada.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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