: Marc Griffiths | Size: 12
The Little Bush Cicada pattern is designed to imitate Kikihia
a small (1.6 - 1.9cm) species, abundant in native bush throughout the
North Island, and Marlborough and mid-Canterbury on the South
Smaller cicada imitations are worth their weight in gold, later on in
the season when high angling pressure has caused trout to lose their
enthusiasm for larger bugs.
Coat the deer hair thorax, the elk hair wing and the foam abdomen
liberally with paste floatant at the beginning of the day, and that is
all the attention it will require. If the fly should by chance land
upside down, preen the elk hair wing into a more vertical
I have never managed to hold onto one of these flies for
more than 7 fish, but can safely say that after 7 large trout and a
whole day's fishing they are still perfectly fishable. The hook does
eventually pull out of the slot in the foam abdomen, but this in no way
detracts from the fly's performance.