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 summers 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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