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
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.