When we think of terrestrials, typically hoppers tend to get most priority among anglers. Furthermore, they think big sizes.......... Both assumptions are naive...... But that needs be discussed in some other occasions.
Where are cicada patterns ranked among the terrestrial fly pattern popular poll? Certainly not among the few in the top. Then again, most fly patterns are in large sizes. Perhaps size 10 would be the smallest in the market. I've been using those patterns and they've been catching trout. To me, they've been more like different offerings for trout, compared to hoppers or Chubby Chernobyl used by other anglers, rather than a go-to pattern for me or a key-on food for trout............
It all changed this summer!!
It all started from one stomach pump. I was fishing Lamar River and caught one nice cutthroat. I pumped the stomach and found this. I couldn't really tell what it was on spot or didn't pay special attention. Small cicada, huh? And as I touched it, it was very crunchy!! just like I touch snails at spring creeks. So as it has been the case, new idea/concept began to stir up in my head.
Now I headed back to Lamar River with excitement and confidence. Yellowstone Cutthroat LOVE LOVE this new pattern!!
I actually think this pattern would be also seen and taken as an ant, orange/brown color, what we might call Fire Ant.
With the same concept, materials, and procedures, I developed a bee pattern. This is also an overlooked terrestrial food source as well as a game-changer after trout have seen so many generic pattern flying around.
Get some from me for summer fishing and experience for yourself!!
PRICE: $2.25 each
SIZE: 12, 14, 16, 18
Specify Cicada or Bee and size.
YouTube tying tutorial video will be coming soon!