Traveling Sedge

Other Common Names: Giant caddis
Scientific Names: family Phryganeidae, genus Banksiola

The most famous member of the Phryganeidae family is the genus Banksiola, commonly called the traveling sedge. It is so-named because the adults often run across the surface, and a skated fly pattern that imitates that behavior can be spectacularly slammed by large trout. What fly angler can resist that kind of opportunity?

Larvae of this family are crawlers, not swimmers, so it's difficult to fish a larval imitation. A pupa pattern presented with a lift-and-settle or vertical retrieve can be productive during a hatch of traveling sedges.

During a hatch, newly-emerged adult traveling sedges will run across the surface of the lake. All that activity from such a large, tasty morsel does not go un-noticed by trout. Since there is the danger of an escaping meal, trout waste no time and attack with vigor. Thus, an imitation skated across the surface is a good tactic. Don't skimp on your leader's tippet size!

Female traveling sedges lay their eggs by plopping on the surface and releasing them. This is another opportunity to fish a dry fly, but this time you just let it sit there quietly.

Characteristics

LARVA COLOR: Brown

PUPA SIZE: 20-40 mm

PUPA COLOR: Brown, green, yellow, or gray

ADULT SIZE: 20-40 mm

ADULT COLOR: Wings--brown. Body--Brown, green, yellow, or gray.

OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: Body, wing, and shroud colors can vary, so it's always best to check a natural insect where you are fishing. Body and wing colors will darken when the insect is ready to lay eggs.

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STAGE PATTERN SIZE/
COLOR
PRESENTATION WHERE
Pupa Sparkle Pupa 4-10
Brown, green , yellow, gray
slow retrieve, verticle retrieve Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers
Soft Hackle 4-10
Brown, green , yellow, gray
slow retrieve, verticle retrieve Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers
Zug Bug 4-10
Brown, green , yellow, gray
slow retrieve, verticle retrieve Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers
Z Wing Caddis 4-10
Brown, green , yellow, gray
slow retrieve, verticle retrieve Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers
Adult Elk Hair Caddis 4-10
Body: brown, green, yellow, gray
skating Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers
Stimulator 4-10
Body: brown, green, yellow, gray
skating Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers
Goddard Caddis 4-10
natural
skating Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers
Egg-layer Elk Hair Caddis 4-10
Body: brown, green, yellow, gray
count-down-and-retrieve Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers
Stimulator 4-10
Body: brown, green, yellow, gray
count-down-and-retrieve Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers