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Thread: East Coast Cicada Hatch

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    Default Re: East Coast Cicada Hatch

    Saw a cicada here in the California desert already, they persist here into October. Trout go for 'em even when they aren't hatching. I use foam cicada and larger jassid patterns. milt.
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    I was stationed in Maryland during one of the big 17 year cicada hatches, summer of 2004 (according to my pictures). I tied up some ugly foam flies for that...the carp inhaled them! Never caught as many carp as when the cicada were plopping down on the water. Talk about FUN!


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    We had a hatch here in middle TN year before last. I fished my poor version on 2 different days on the creek with no luck. I also watched a real one that had fallen in the water and struggle down stream until it was out of sight without being molested. This is a warm water creek btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditz View Post
    We had a hatch here in middle TN year before last. I fished my poor version on 2 different days on the creek with no luck. I also watched a real one that had fallen in the water and struggle down stream until it was out of sight without being molested. This is a warm water creek btw.
    That's where I saw and heard them. It was deafining. In slack water under trees the carp chomped 'em. BIG fun!
    In the main stream it was tough for some reason. Like you we watched them go downstream untouched by trout. They sure move a lot of water when they bat their wings against it.
    It had us trying to come up with a of cheap, biodegradeable and real small motor and battery to tie into a pattern.

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    Here's my first run at two different variations - foam and chenille body. I need to clean it up a little and see how they fish. My closest home waters are Shenandoah, Upper Potomac and various ponds and lakes w/ BIG carp. I've never had luck targeting carp in the past .. hoping that changes.

    Anyone with experience fishing these for smallmouth and largemouth bass i'd appreciate tips. I may be able to find a half day in trout water too.










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    Check out Blaine Chocklet. t NEW ANGLE FISHING COMPANY for the best cicada pattern ck. out on you tube

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    that's a great looking pattern! now i have to take 3 days off work to tie 2

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    The BEST hatch of a life time just have to find trees over the water with bugs watch out might have to travel a little distance when find them more fun than any man deserves. Just keep working the same area over and over just place within 6inch of the bank with a splash hold on. A jet boat will keep in fish they will not be ever bank need to travel the river.

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    The last Cicada hatch I remember occurred around 2002, so according to Wikipedia, it was Brood VIII (genus Magicicada). I recall an unbelievable amount of the Cicadas (quite sizeable) in PA and NJ. Although I am simply guessing, I would believe that trout would be bloating full after a few of these.

    No doubt they would grow very fast during the few weeks of this hatch, yet it seems it may be difficult to catch many trout on cicada-imitations simply due to the fact that each trout may only have say for example, less than 10 cicadas a day (resulting in 10 hits). In comparison, most other hatches typically consist of much smaller size bugs, which converts to more hits, for example, it may take 50 or 100 BWO's or smaller Mayflies to equal the weight of one or two Cicadas. If 50 BWO's equals the weight of 1 Cicada (which is a guess) this would equate to 500 hits a day for a BWO hatch versus 10 hits for a Cicada Hatch. You would have a better chance of getting a hit during a BWO hatch simply because of the larger number of (smaller weight) bugs the trout needs to fill up.

    At a certain point, the trout will have Cicadas bursting from their mouths and will stop feeding. Good luck getting your own imitation into their mouth before this happens, a rare hit, but I would imagine catching a trout during one of these hatches would be really cool, I would expect the trout to be really really really fat and I would honestly expect you to be able to see the Cicadas inside their mouths.

    Of course, I've never fished during one of these Cicada hatches, and it's entirely possible that trout simply don't appreciate the fine acquired taste of Magicicadas.

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    Default Re: East Coast Cicada Hatch

    Big browns go off on cicadas , why fool with tiny insects when you get lots of protein quick . I have caught Big Browns with knots in their belly where they eaten so many cicadas. Cicadas are not limited to Trout but most fish .i remember several years on a lake taking Largemouth Bass and Carp that would pull the boat around on fly rod. Big black with orange popping bugs works on bass and carp in the lake. More fun .

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