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bmadd
01-08-2013, 12:03 AM
I'm working on building up my fly boxes for spring bluegills and I'm currently on topwater. I've finished up poppers and sliders and now I need to add some cricket patterns as I have a family pond with a healthy population. Does anyone have a simple cricket pattern they would be willing to share?

olesmoke
01-08-2013, 08:26 AM
here is a good one from Dave McPhail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC0NSwwRXXo&list=UU16NCfnoaG7rm60e9pl89fw

Troutman
01-08-2013, 04:49 PM
I have 3 patterns that can be adapted to mimic a cricket.

Most durable is "sams one bug" in black or brown foam. we talked about this fly a lot last summer on here Wade Blevin's dad designed this fly.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/onebug001.jpg

Next would be a small stealth bomber. I like a size 8 hook. black or brown.

I've added a bright spot/flag of foam to the top of this fly to be able to see it.
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/flies187.jpg

Last and the most difficult to tie ,but pretty realistic in black is a turk's tarantula.
great as a caddis, hopper or cricket. this one is a yellow hopper

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/SD531756.jpg

flyred06
01-08-2013, 10:01 PM
my favorite is the turks trarantula. but another is dave's cricketts in black.

silvercreek
01-09-2013, 11:22 AM
Here is a foam hopper that can be modified for a cricket pattern by just changing the colors. It is tied like a Stealth Bomber except the foam over body is pulled snug and the head foam is cut straight without the V shape of the Stealth. The under body would be black floss. The rear leg is a doubled piece of rubber/silicone with an overhand knot which has one of the tags clipped off at the leg joint. A dab of super glue is applied at the knot joint of the leg to prevent it from untying.
http://i589.photobucket.com/albums/ss334/silvercreek_01/hopper001.jpg

flyred06
01-09-2013, 11:14 PM
I also find that a black elk hairs caddis works well as a cricket pattern

bmadd
01-14-2013, 12:32 AM
Silvercreek, I like the look of your bug. Can you explain how you tie the body down a little better please?

silvercreek
01-14-2013, 11:11 AM
bmadd. Below is a link to tying the stealth bomber. When you pull the foam back over the underbody toward the hook eye, pull it snug and do not leave the loop in the rear. I tie in a piece of thread at the back and this is used for ribbing which also binds the foam down.
http://littleriveroutfitters.com/littleriverjournal/storiesjuly09/stealth/bomber.htm

bmadd
01-14-2013, 12:22 PM
Thanks for the reply silverthread. I've tied the stealth bomber but I was having a hard time figuring out how you were doing the ribbing. Make sense now and looks like a great pattern!