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 LITTLE BUSH Cicada   

Originator : Marc Griffiths    |   Size: 12

The Little Bush Cicada pattern is designed to imitate Kikihia scutellaris
a small (1.6 - 1.9cm) species, abundant in native bush throughout the North Island, and Marlborough and mid-Canterbury on the South Island.  

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.




Fishing tip:  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 position.  

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.  


           Kikihia scutellaris

 

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