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Traveling Sedge

Photo by Matt Saliga

Traveling Sedge Overview

  • Family: Caddis
  • Size: 25mm (Size 8)
  • Emergence: early July through mid August
  • Emergence Time: 8:00 PM through dark

The Traveling Sedge hatch in Montana may be one of the most exciting hatches. Found on Georgetown Lake, and classified under the Phryganeida genera, these caddis don’t fly off the water to lay their eggs, they run across the surface to lay their eggs. That’s why we know them as the traveling Sedge.

Customer Matt Saliga compares his freshly tied Traveling Sedge Pattern to a natural in a vial.

Fly Fishing The Traveling Sedge

Starting in late June on Georgetown, these Caddis get active as the sun goes down. In order to have any success, you must twitch and skate your imitation to mimic the naturals’s action. Since these Caddis can be almost 25mm long, you’re moving a size 6-10 fly across the water. Those are big and heavy!

The Traveling Sedge is a fly where you need your full selection of floatants. You should start with Gink or Fly-Agra, but make sure you have your desiccants with you. Dragging a fly across the surface doesn’t help its floatability. You’ll need some sort of powdered desiccant to refresh your fly so it rides high and skates. yes, it’s a pain, but it will improve your catch rate. These bugs skitter across the surface, not plow through it!

Traveling Sedge Pupa

The Traveling Sedge is also vulnerable as it comes to the surface. If there’s not a lot of surface action, but you’re seeing the Sedges on the water, it’s time to switch to an emerging pupa. They live in weedbeds, so focus your nymphing game on the weedbeds. Let your fly sink, and then strip it so it’s moving towards the surface.

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