Fly Fishing Basics

Fishing a Sedge (caddis fly) hatch

The sedge or caddis fly is found on both running and still water and is eaten by trout and grayling alike. I love to fish during a sedge hatch in the summer months and on those long hot summer days it is sometimes the saviour of a hard days fishing at dusk.

When a trout takes a sedge nymph or adult it is both visual and noisy. Trout chasing the nymph will often be noticable as a bow wave often followed by a splash as it hits the nymph and when hitting the adult or hatching nymph the splashy rise is a give away.

Selection of Modern Sedge Flies

The above patterns are all sedge patterns and as you can see are all designed to make a big disturbance just like the sedge whose adult skitters agcross the surface of the water or the nymph creating a wake as they swim quickly just beneath the surface.

Takes are often severe as the fish try to make sure of their quarries downfall and hook ups are often almost gauranteed. When fishing a dry pattern such as the G&H Sedge you will often find that if you pause the fish is gone, strike early and if you miss, pause and you will often find that the fish, or another opportunistic fish, will take it on the second go.

When fishing the nymph or an Invicta pattern don't follow the usual advice when nymphing of retrieveing with a varied figure of eight but, instead, pull the fly with long and short draws and watch for the follow. If the follow is maintaining it's distance behind the fly stop dead then strike and you will often find the fish has taken your fly.

Fishing a sedge hatch can be the most fun you can have with a fly rod. If you are on a water and can hear some fool giggling and laughing in gloaming it's probably me, I can't help but laugh when fishing the sedge as the misses, follows and takes are electric.


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