Friday, June 10, 2011

Tying Hans' Cicada



This fly surprised me, it caught fish on the small streams that I fish in the Black Hills. It brought large trout to the surface when nothing else would. Do they take it for a cicada? I don't know, but it does catch fish. This fly is inspired by the cicada patterns I encountered in New Zealand. I tie it in a size 6 but it can be tied larger or smaller depending on the size of the bugs in your neck of the woods.

3 comments:

GoFisch said...

Have you only fished this when the cicada's are out or as an attractor? I wonder if we'll get a cicada hatch this year. I'll have to give this a try either way.

Hans Stephenson said...

I fish it less as an imitation of a cicada and more as an attractor. I haven't seen a real cicada on the water yet, but I am sure the fish would eat one if they got a chance. The first time I fished this fly it was out of frustration. The fish wouldn't eat anything below Pacotla above the first foot bridge, so I tried this more as a joke than anything. Well, needless to say it caught 2 or three fish that day that hadn't even looked at anything else.

GoFisch said...

Funny how those fish have a way of driving a person to madness. At least this time it resulted in a great fly instead of a broken rod and a straight jacket.