Friday, April 29, 2011

Periodic Cicada

Well if you haven't heard yet, you will soon. Starting about May I suspect. The year "2011" is the comeback year for the 13-year Periodic Cicada across the Ozarks. If you think back to 1998 you will remember that they sure are noisy critters. They are also one of those opportunistic bugs that the trout, bass and bluegill just seem to love.

13-year Periodic Cicada
I was asked the other day to come up with a cicada fly that I could teach at an upcoming class. Most that I found were either too complex for a beginning tier or they were too simplistic and looked like a chernobyl hopper. So I sat down with the photograph above...after a couple of drink and several mistakes this is what I came up with. I am really interested in what all my fly tying fiends think about it...Will it work? I put a little bit of orange on the top to help you see the fly.

Pierce's Periodic Cicada
Enjoy and I look forward to any feedback,


  1. I'll have an opertunity to fish the little missouri about mid may. I was told by more than one fisher to have a cicada pattern that was big and contained orange. I'd fish your bug and I bet I could catch with it to. Nice ty!!

  2. Cool. I hope it works for you.

    The foam is a 2mm thick/1 cm wide strip. eyes are tied the same way that you taught me for the dragon fly. Wings are made from the stuff they use to pad wedding dresses. I cut it into a small heart shape.Legs and everything else is pretty standard.

    Good Luck

  3. Cool cicada pattern. I had very limited (one fish) success with one I purchased at Bass Pro. I wish I had created some of my own.
    At least we have plenty of time to get ready for the next "hatch."