Great Gray Spotted Wing Sedge - Adult
The Great Gray Spotted Wing Sedge adult emerges on the surface of the water during
the evenings. It doesn't usually drift but a few feet at the most, before departing the
water. Most of the time you are better off fishing imitations of the pupa than you are the
adult. Trout seem to take it better than they take the adult on the surface.
The female caddisflies also deposit their eggs in the evenings. Often it is impossible to
see the trout feeding on them. They deposit their eggs in the fast water riffles and runs
where they normally reside. Keep in mind, these caddisflies are so big you may confuse
them with stoneflies when you see them flying.
Our Perfect Fly Adult imitation should be presented in the same type of water they hatch
in. If you see the trout taking the egg layers, that is where you want to place your fly, of
course. Most of the time you will just be blind casting the riffles and runs.
We suggest you start fishing the adult fly a short time before dark if you see any egg
laying caddis activity. It is possible they may do that earlier, especially if the skies are
heavily overcast or it is misting rain.
It is best to fish from the banks. As we mentioned in the pupa section, it is not very safe to
wade fast pocket water at night. Again, you would need a fairly clear bank to do that.
Sometimes it doesn't get dark in the summer when these caddisflies are hatching until as
late as 10:00. Normally there is plenty of time to fish after the sun has set before it is
completely dark. If the caddis seem to be emerging more than laying eggs, fish the pupa
imitation. If they seem to be laying eggs more than they are emerging, use the adult
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