During the summer months the one unique sound to the Australian bush and one indicative of warmer weather is the cacophonic call of the cicada.
They begin to appear during the late spring and are present through until about March, depending on the species and the location.
They are a very large insect and provide a big mouthful for the trout. They are however not a regular on the trout’s plate.
Cicadas do not end up on the water by choice; it will often be the result of them being blown onto the water. Warm, hot and windy days are going to be your best option for finding some cicada fishing.
Most of your best cicada fishing is going to be found on impoundments, and given that once cicadas hatch they hang around in the trees, fishing along treed shorelines is going to be your best option.
As the wind increases during the day and more cicadas become active, the wind will deposit them nicely on the lakes surface. It may take a while for trout to key in on them, but when they do there should be no hesitation in them being snatched.
Windward shores are another great option especially later in the day as the wind will blow many floating insects onto the windward shore where the trout will mop them up, much the same as after a large beetle fall.
If the wind is particularly strong many flyfishers will not even bother to go out but if you are in close proximity to a lake try a little wading in shallow and fish the backs of the waves as they roll away from to, trout will often cruise in these areas as the ruffled surface offers some protection and also helps disguise the angler from the fish.
On lee shores, if the wind is not as strong, there will be some calmer water before the effect of the wind begins to roughen the surface. There is a line where the calm and rough meet, another good spot to try as this is often the first point of contact for windblown insects.
Lastly, if you have access to a boat or kayak, fishing this pattern in windlanes is a good option as all manner of food items are congregated here and fish cruise them looking for a feed.
The beauty of this fly is that it floats well aiding visibility, has some movement, and from underneath has a nice buggy profile, all key factors for trout.
TYING INSTRUCTIONS and MATERIALS
|BODY:||Rainys float foam (orange)|
|LEGS:||Brown rubber legs.|
|O/WING||Natural deer hair.|