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Bizarre thought ...

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:20 pm
by redietz
The brood X cicada hatch will be happening this year in the mid-Atlantic region for the first time in 17 years.

Does anyone have a wet fly version of the cicada? I already know of several dry versions.

Re: Bizarre thought ...

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:59 am
by letumgo
I do now! Behold, the "Brood X Cicada (wet wing imitation)"

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Brood X Cicada (wet wing imitation)
Hook - Daiichi Model 2220 (Size 8)
Thread - 8/0 UNI-Thread (Red)
Body - Custom Brood X Blend Dubbing (blend of Walnut/127 Wool Ease Chuncky yarn and Davy Wotton's SLF Bug Dub in Orange)
Wings - Collin's Saddle Hen Feathers (Barred Ginger) - Splayed to the sides
Head - Dubbing (same as above)
Eyes - Davy' Bug Dubbing (Red)

TYING SEQUENCE (easy peasy)
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Lay out a line of dubbing, in preparation for the dubbing loop. I recently bought a pair of Loon tweezers which are very useful for creating loooong dubbing loops.
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I use a Wasatch "Mitch's Bobbin Whirler" to create/twist/wrap the dubbing loop.



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Stroke back the dubbing fibers with each wrap to form a plump tapered body.
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Tye in the hen hackle feathers along each side of the body. The wings are splayed out slightly, so the body is visible from below.
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Looking up from the belly of the fly. I really like the profile (tapered body and prominent wings).
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Dubbing completes the head/eyes of the fly. Small red Ultra Chenille would probably make better protruding red eyes, but I couldn't find mine this morning.

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Source: Cicada Mania web site

Another Source of Info on the Brood X Cicada:
http://magicicada.org/magicicada/brood_10/
http://entomology.umd.edu/news/brood-x- ... the-making


Bob - You ask the best questions! :D ;)

Re: Bizarre thought ...

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:50 pm
by redietz
I'm going to give something like a try. I may substitute bear fur for the dubbing.

During the last emergence, I went several days without sleep -- the noise was on par with being in a room a loud washing machine.