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Goose Quill Cicada

tied by cornmuse
Fly Type: Poppers/Sliders,
Target Species: Panfish,
Recommended Region: Central US,
Imitation: Ants/Beetles,
Material List:
Hook: Dry fly size 8, 10 or 12
Body: Clear end of a primary flight quill from a goose or turkey
Wings: calf tail
Tying Instructions: Cover the shank of the hook with tying thread. Carefully cut the end off a goose quill with a single edged razor blade. Use your bodkin to clean out the inner stucture. Take a piece of foam and fold it into the front opening. Add a drop of expoxy to seal. Its best to prep six to twelve bodies at a time.

Position the body on top of the hook and with firm, not tight, wraps, cover the quill to the front with a single layer of thread. Coat liberally with CA glue and set aside to dry.

Paint finished bodies with Sally Hansen in your choice of colors.

Begin thread wraps behind hook eye. Tie a sparse delta style calf tail wing. This is a modern version (okay, not so modern) of the old CalMac bug.
Presentation Tips: A fun little popper tied with typically tossed materials. This is a delicate fly that won't stand up to more than a few fish, but its fun to toss a couple together when the weather doesn't cooperate. Fished slowly, this fly lays very low in the meniscus. A nice little bluegill and smallmouth popper.

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