Cicadas: The Other Terrestrial Bret Carlson and Chris Santella Photography by Jan Schou Cicadas are the terrestrial that are often heard but seldom seen, as least by humans. Their clicking or buzzing noise (created by their tymbals, a vibrating membrane) is a harbinger of summer’s arrival in many locales. At lengths up to 2-3/8” they pack a load of protein, yet they are not frequently encountered on the menu of discerning trout. One notable exception is the Green River in Utah. Each June, cicadas emerge from underground, climb the trunk of a nearby tree, and shuck their skins. Their membranous music is indeed a siren song to trout and anglers alike around the small fishing outpost of Dutch John.


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