Mikulak Sedge |Traveler Sedge Fly Pattern
Someone says caddis to me and I think of the various sizes and colours of the ones that come off in the Peace, Pine and Halfway rivers.
But that’s only for a second or two as the hard wiring in my brain kicks in, my eyes glaze over, and visions of Traveler Sedges flash on the inside of my eye lids. Yes Traveler Sedge, the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Caddis family. If you have ever been fortunate to be on a lake when these big boys are coming off you won’t soon forget it!
Trout don’t daintily sip these guys they come at them to rip their heads off! In fact trout have a tendency of nailing them then coming back to finish them off. Kinda like a shark. This requires nerves of steel as an angler not to set the hook on the first strike but maintain tension on your line and wait for the weight of the take … ya, good luck with that!
There are a bunch of different flies people use including Elk hair caddis, foam body caddis, Henryville specials, Goddard caddis and in B.C. the good ol’ Tom Thumb. But for profile and floatation there is only one fly I reach for and it’s the Mikulak Sedge.
Mikulak Sedge (Traveler Sedge) Fly | Materials List:
HOOK: Mustad 3906B size #6 -#10
THREAD: Unithread 6/0 iron grey
TAIL: Deer or Elk
BODY: Muddy green Dubbing
WING: Deer or Elk
LEGS: Pheasant rump feather olive or natural
HEAD: Tying thread
ANTENNAE: Black plastic broom bristle
Mikulak Sedge (Traveler Sedge) Fly | Tying Instructions:
And that’s it folks … the Mikulak Sedge (Traveler Sedge) trout killer!
Mikulak Sedge (Traveler Sedge) Fly | MikStraggle Sedge:
Update June 19,2018 … here’s a variant on the proven original mikulak sedge tied with the now available UV Straggle as opposed to dubbing. Pro’s … easier tie (no dubbing loops or spinning dubbing onto the thread), more durable, UV & shine properties. Cons … the straggle may not trap air bubbles as effective as dubbing would (typically only matters on the first few casts until it becomes saturated anyway) and/or may not hold floatant as well. Time will tell but we think it’s a winner! 🙂
I know if you live in B.C. this spring you’re thinking we might bypass summer and skip right to fall with the weather we’ve been having. Trust me hot weather is just around the corner and you’re going to want to have a few of these Mikulak Sedge Fly tied up waiting for those speed boats when they show!
Gord (Flyguys Northern Division)
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