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Old 07-03-2008, 02:25 PM
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what is the red "eye" material?
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:12 PM
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cicada instructions text

Tying Instructions:

Prep:
cut 4" of craft yarn and separate the 2 strands to wrap for the under body
cut body foam in 5/16" strip at least 2 1/2" and taper the tail end; a circular fabric cutter and metal ruler works great for this
cut a strip at least 5/16" wide or a little wider of thin skin and round one end; the other end will be tapered, see photo
cut a 3/16"-1/4" wide by 1" long strip of white foam for the indicator or use poly yarn

Tie:
Start thread and secure one strand of the seperated craft yarn toward the front of the shank and wrap thread back to just shy of the barb.
Wrap thread back forward and stop 2-3 eye widths from the eye. Wrap craft yarn to this point, tie off and trim.

Add a healthy drop of glue at front end of the yarn and align the tapered end of the body foam just a little beyond the bend of the hook, fold the front end of the foam back on itself so it's barely longer than the hook eye and tie down with 7-10 wraps. Cut off the excess foam 1/4" behind the thread. The super glue is essential. Without it, the foam and underbody will spin on the hook shank.

Tie in about 10 strands of pearl krystal flash and trim a little longer than the body

Hold the thin skin over the body foam so the wing extends just beyond the foam tail and trim the thin skin 1/8" longer then the thread position. Taper the front end as shown. This prevents the wing from curling tightly against the body. Add another drop of glue and tie in the thin skin

Tie in the legs to the side of the foam body and add another drop of glue and spread with the bodkin

Add the indicator. trim and whip finish and glue thread again

Add an eye with a drop of red fabric paint
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:48 AM
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really cool fly, but i have a question. where did you get the chartreuse foam sheet. is it from walmart or from a fly shop?
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Old 07-12-2008, 02:32 PM
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Re Chartreuse foam

The best price on foam is from Michaels or other crafts stores They are about a 99cents for a standard sheet. They are called 'Foamies' The Chartreuse that I found was actually a foam visor. I think I had to pay $1.49 for it. It was on the same aisle as the foamies. They also had some black foam pennants that had a white border. If you cut it right the white border turned out to be a an awesome indicator.


Great simple fly- Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-12-2008, 03:44 PM
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really cool fly, but i have a question. where did you get the chartreuse foam sheet. is it from walmart or from a fly shop?
The color is actually bright green. My camera's white balance interpreted it closer to chartreuse. And I got it either at Walmart or Michael's
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:02 PM
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this is another really sick looking cicada

i would use black deer hair though but untill i can tie it at all, i wont speak

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Old 07-13-2008, 03:14 PM
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BFJ, that actually wouldnt be a very hard fly to tie as long as you are familiar with spinning hair..

BTW - Teenager is one word.
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:40 PM
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I've used that fly & it works

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BFJ, that actually wouldnt be a very hard fly to tie as long as you are familiar with spinning hair..

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It floats low and is hard to see tied as is, best modified with something for an indicator.
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:06 PM
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It floats low and is hard to see tied as is, best modified with something for an indicator.
Maybe, all the cicada fishing I have done the fish hammer the fly. No "gentle" takes. Is an indicator really needed?
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Old 07-14-2008, 03:09 PM
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i did say typical teen ager, and a typical teen ager wouldn't know that
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