Dog Day Cicada Time
By Mary Kuss
Special thanks to Greg Hoover at Pennsylvania State University for allowing me to use his copy written picture of a Dog Day Cicada.
(Hopefully with in the next two two weks or so I will put up a step by step with pictures & instructions.)
Thread: 3/0 black Uni-Thread or equivalent
Back/Head: 1/8" black foam strip, about 1/4 inch by 1-1/2 inch
Belly strip: 3/32" foam strip, black or white, about 1/4 inch by 1-inch
5 strands olive Krystal Flash, 4 strands Gray Ghost or pearl, 3 strands
1) De-barb and mount hook in vise
2) Lay a thread base from the head position to slightly around the hook bend. Return to 2/3 mark. Apply a coat of Flexament to thread base.
3) Catch in the back/head strip by one end at the 2/3 mark and wrap working thread back over the foam to the end of the thread base. Make a firm spiral wrap of thread forward to the front of the foam on the hook shank and back again to near the tail position.
4) Invert hook and catch in the belly strip at the end of the thread base. Advance the working thread a few turns then catch down the belly strip with three or four soft thread turns to form a sternite segment. Repeat until the front of the foam underbody is reached, forming four segments. Do not trim excess foam yet.
5) Turn hook right-side-up and pull the back strip over the top of the hook and catch down at the 2/3 mark. Wrap working thread forward, binding the back strip to the hook, all the way to the hook eye. Take some thread wraps immediately behind the hook eye to close any gap there.
6) Invert hook and catch down the belly strip at the hook eye, and trim excess closely. Invert again.
7) Take one wide diagonal turn of thread over the top of the hook, returning the working thread to the 2/3 mark, and one full turn of thread at that point.
8) Prepare the Krystal Flash strands by stacking them all together then cutting this clump in half and stacking again, effectively doubling it.
9) Fold the doubled clump of Krystal Flash strands over the working thread and catch down at the 2/3 mark. (This multiplies the original number of strands by a factor of 4.)
10) Fold the foam body strip back and bind down well at the 2/3 mark.
11) Cut a strand of Flexi-Floss in half. Fold one of the half-strands in half over the working thread, convex sides facing. Tension the strand against the working thread and guide into position on the far side of the hook. (When secured the rearward portion of this strand should curve inward toward the hook, hugging the edge of the wing.) Repeat on the near side. The rear portion of the Flexi-Floss strand suggests the prominent olive vein on the leading edge of the cicada's wing, while the front length of Flexi suggests legs.
12) Trim the wing and vein to desired length. Wing tips should overhang the back edge of thc body by about 1/2 inch.
13) Trim front legs to desired length.
14) (Optional) Use the trimmed pieces from Step 13 to suggest additional legs. Fold each piece in half over the thread and catch down on each side of the hook at the same point as the previous Flexi-Floss tie-down. If these added legs lay too closely to the previous work to show well, try folding the strands in the opposite direction relative to the curvature of the material; convex sides facing or concave sides facing. Adding these strands will give you a total of three legs and one long wing vein on each side of the fly.
Apply head cement to all exposed thread wraps.
Mary and Bob, Mary's mother Jeanette, and their.two Brittanies (bird dogs) Samantha and Jennie live in a cozy home where one room is devoted to the tying of flies. It's an amazing array of cascading shoe boxes stuffed with feathers, fur, and assorted synthetic fluff, a fly tying table with all its attendant paraphernalia, a small pellet gun, several rods and their cases, sundry plaques, charts, awards, articles and photos lining the Walls along with a sample of Mary's wood carving.
Mary also enjoys doing counted cross stitch, hunting with her dogs for pheasant and quail, and rock gardening. She has worked for The Sporting Gentleman Fly shop in Media, PA for the past twenty years and currently gives professional instruction in fly fishing and fly tying, as well as stream orientation and guide service. Mary has been a member of three different Trout Unlimited chapters, including long stints as editor of the Delco-Manning Chapter newsletter.
Since most of her 29 years of fly fishing has been done in the company of male fly fishers, Mary has ample basis for comparison between that experience and what it's been like to fish in the company of women. "I've heard it said that men are generally more goal oriented, and women more process oriented." She says. "I think that's true in most cases. When men say they don't care if they catch fish, it just doesn't quite ring true. But when women say it, I get the sense that they really mean it."
Favorite place to fish overall: Potter County, PA Most frustrating place to fish: The Letort Spring Run in central PA. Biggest fish ever: a 30-inch plus carp on the fly rod from the Brandywine Creek, Chester County, PA