What to do about Cicadas? Tasty mana from heaven for fish.

5 Apr



Magicicada from Wikipedia. Thanks Wikipedia!

So I learned this week that the 17 year Magicicada hatch is due to occur in the following US states; CT, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, VA.  Normally with a distribution like this I can expect a few errant insects in my neck of the woods in Ontario.

After a very brief tour of Wikipedia and a few fishing sites I have found out three things.  First, lots of cicadas crash violently into the water, cicadas look delicious, and finally they are a much more popular pattern in New Zealand than the rest of the world.

From Wikipedia:

‘The familiar winged imago (adult) periodical cicada has red eyes and a black dorsal thorax. The wings are translucent and have orange veins. The underside of the abdomen may be black, orange, or striped with orange and black, depending on the species. Adults are typically 2.4 to 3.3 cm (0.9 to 1.3 in), depending on species, slightly smaller than the annual cicada species found in the same regions of the United States.’

Well this year I plan on being ready.  I figure everything from an Atlantic Salmon Bomber, to a carefully constructed foam imitation should work to imitate these bugs.  And as an added bonus, it actually will help if you slam these things into the water at mach speed.  The bigger the splat the better.

There is one downside to this ‘hatch’, the cicadas use a strategy known as predator satiation. This means that when they are around every predator eats until they are fat and happy, then lets the rest of the cicadas do the mating dance.  So the fish might be full for a few days if there are enough of these things around.  So my strategy will be to work the shoulder seasons for these guys. The cicadas should be done and gone by the end of July up here, but I’ll probably try my cicada flies well into August as a search pattern for smallmouth.

As for patterns; a bomber in dark deer hair and orange hackle should work, Turk’s Tarantula, Chernobyl Ant, or a big dark Stimulator or Foamulator should work.  If any of you guys have special cicada patterns from 17 years ago, please leave them in the comments section.

And now to go cut some foam……



One Response to “What to do about Cicadas? Tasty mana from heaven for fish.”

  1. hydroflynamic April 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM #

    Check out this foam creation from http://www.flyflinger.com/cicada.php Mighty tasty looking.

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