Six for the sedge

This hand­ful of Ir­ish pat­terns has been highly suc­cess­ful for Ire­land’s Paul Caslin. Try them on the loughs this sum­mer

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Try these ir­re­sistible sum­mer sedge pat­terns for Ir­ish loughs

WHEN THE MA­JOR duck­fly, olive and Mayfly hatches have pe­tered out on the lime­stone loughs of Ire­land, an­glers look to the pro­lific hatches of sedge for much of their sum­mer sport. Day­time drifts with a team of wet-flies can pro­duce good bas­kets of fish plump on the spoils of spring, while hunt­ing the flat wa­ter on sum­mer nights with a team of dry-flies can stir heav­ily-spot­ted gi­ants from their stu­por. The sedges on Ir­ish loughs come in all shapes and sizes, from the small Welsh­man’s but­ton to the huge mur­rough, which sprint tan­ta­lis­ingly across the wa­ter’s sur­face. Good sport can be had by day, in the evening and at night when the ex­plo­sive sound of feed­ing trout res­onates in the dark­ness. Trout feed on all stages of the hatch from the cased lar­vae, to pupa and adult fly, so it is wise to have a va­ri­ety of pat­terns to cover the peak months of July and Au­gust. Wet-fly and dry-fly are the key meth­ods and here I’ve picked six of my most pro­duc­tive pat­terns.

PAUL CASLIN is a post­man from County Mayo, who has fished for trout on the west­ern loughs of Ire­land for more than 20 years, with the odd trip to Car­row­more or Bel­tra for sea-trout and salmon.

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