above: The slender legs and abdomen of the Tree cricket is quite
delicate in comparison to the Black Cricket and common Field Cricket.
Hook: TMC 5212 #14
Thread: Uni 8/0 Lt green
Body: Razor Foam 1mm Green
Tail: Biot dyed Kelly Green (Ritt Dye)
Legs: Natural Pheasant Tail (x1) per leg
Antennae: Natural Pheasant Tail
Wing Case (sim): 2mm Razor Foam 2mm Green
Dubbing: Beaver Belly Green
Tie these up small and they are sure to turn some heads under the surface. Three turns of hackle is all you need for a sufficient hackle collar, the four legs in the rear and the biots do the rest of the work as far as stability. The naturals profile is very delicate and gossamer so cut and wind your materials with this in mind. The tendency is to overdress and use heavy foam, keep it simple and sparse.
Clint Joseph Bova