The 17 Year Cicadas
Copyright 2021 James Marsh
by Alan Snider
March, 2021 Issue
Get Ready For The Cicadas
Irregardless of what freshwater species of fish you prefer, if you live in the eastern U.S.,
you should be getting ready for a large hatch of a terrestrial insect called the Cicada.
After seventeen years, Brood X, the largest and most widespread brood of cicadas in the
U.S., is set to emerge from the ground this spring. The periodical cicadas, which are
different than the annual cicadas seen throughout the U.S. each year, last emerged in
Beginning in mid-May, they will likely appear in 15 states: Delaware, Georgia, Illinois,
Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, along with
Washington, D.C., according to Cicada Mania, a website that tracks cicada life cycles.
In case you are further interested, Cicada Mania has a lot of information on them.
There are several species of periodical cicadas that emerge in different years, classified
by scientists as different "broods." Each brood is isolated in a certain region and only
emerges in 13 or 17-year cycles.
The cicadas spend most of their lives underground feeding on sap from tree roots.
Brood X will begin to emerge once the ground reaches about 64 degrees Fahrenheit..
When the billions of cicadas emerge after nearly two decades underground, they have a
short lifespan above ground — flying to the treetops to mate. The males sing to attract
females, and their offspring will bury themselves into the ground for another 17 years,
only to continue the cycle in 2038.
Cicadas do not bite and are harmless to humans and property — other than being a
When they fall into the water, they provide a feast for many species of freshwater fish
including trout, bass, and panfish. We think our Perfect fly imitation is an excellent
imitation of them.
The almost clear
wings are not
easy to spot in
Perfect Fly Cicada Fly