For many fly anglers at this time in the season, the evening gloom is eclipsed by the sound of hungry trout splashing - quite spectacularly in some case. The target? Sedges, skittering across the top of the water provoking aggressive takes from trout in hot pursuit.
The scientific name for the sedges is Trichoptera, which translates as 'hairy wings' and it's easy to see why. There are 198 species of Sedge in Britain including the great red Sedge, cinnamon sedge, grousewings and silverhorns, to name just a few.
From a fly fishing point of view, the evening sedge sport brings welcome relief during high summer. Anglers often don't even bother fishing until dusk arrives, because of the difficulty of daytime sport, especially on stillwaters, as the water warms and trout sulk due to lack of oxygen in the water.
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|Dark Olive Hatching Sedge|
Then there are the sedge pupae, which, before emerging into adulthood, betray their presence by bulging the water as they swim just sub-surface. Again, anglers have developed suitable patterns.
Fish the nymph or pupa with long or short draws on the fly-line as opposed to a continuous figure-of-eight. If you see a follow, stop the retrieve and then strike. The chances are that you'll find yourself hooked into a fish. A positive lift of the rod is all you need.
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