Fishing & Colors: Now You See Them, Then You Don’t

As I was preparing my Winter time to do list for what patterns to tie, I thought about what colors of certain baitfish/streamer/buggers I should tie. The usual suspects came to mind: brown, black, green. Then I considered chartreuse, red, orange, white, yellow, blue. I so seldom experiment with alternative colors, but maybe I should tie up a few of those colors and experiment in shallow water/clear water circumstances where color visibility is optimal. I usually consider many colors washed out in off colored/deeper conditions and the equivalent of black/grey…so presentation often seems more important than color. Of course, I don’t totally rely on presentation, but it is my bedrock of strategy. Then location. And, then that worrisome issue of color. Attached are a few links that delve into the color spectrum, visibility at depth and one interesting one about diving, colors and neon. Of course, I do have a few of almost everything somewhere amongst dozens of fly boxes. But, that is another issue to consider……..later.

Also, please use the Search Box (that dark rectangle right below the green Versatile Blogger icon) to query ‘color’ ‘vision’ here at SwittersB. I have posted several times re color and fish. Good information.  

9 Responses to “Fishing & Colors: Now You See Them, Then You Don’t”

  1. 2 craig
    November 26, 2012 at 05:47

    back when we discussed dogs with clocks i mentioned that our dachshund awoke at 4:45am. as a consequence i was on the water by 5:30am four or five days a week this season.

    in the dark i tried big flies, noisey flies and regular everday flies with varied success. i had a few nymphs tied with glow in the dark glass beads that picked up a fish occasionally (never could establish a pattern).

    at one point i tied up a variety of GITD clousers and began to find a high level of enhanced productivity ( i caught a lot of fish with them). using GITD thread and GITD flash as the main components tied on eagle claw L042 (#12 – #4) hooks. chartreuse, orange and yellow (in that order) worked the best. a dark collar seperating the head from body made for more productive patterns (glowing heads?).

    i realize we don’t fish for the same species but fish are fish, right?

    some mornings i would hit three or four ponds and take ten or so fish at each before sunrise. the utility of the flies tended to fall off as the sun got higher unless the water was particularly turbid.

    i’ve always liked the fluorescent colors as teasers (head or tail) but the GITD materials made a real difference this season. supposedly there is a GITD yarn in the wild, it could be a nice dubbing addition.

    oh well, that’s my two cents worth…glowing flies!


    • November 26, 2012 at 05:56

      Very interesting. When I used to spend an equal amount of time fishing gear for steelhead/salmon I experimented a lot with spinners and assorted beads/corkies that had glowing qualities. I became a firm advocate of using paints and tapes that glowed. Yet, it never really occurs to me to try a glow bead or tape or some such attractor for trout. I don’t have any reasons against it. Thanks for the information/inspiration.


  2. November 24, 2012 at 16:29

    I wanted to thank you for liking one of my blog posts..You came in at a transitional period in my life with the death of my Mother..I came here and the first thing I saw was “Blood Knot” magazine and thought..what the heck.. after having visited the magazine and some of your posts, I now get it….fly fishing. Something I have never done and was therefore confused about the terms..it does sound relaxing. I know that somebody put “game” fish in the pond at one time, but I am not sure what “game” fish are and all I can id are snapping turtles and some koi somebody threw in…Michelle


  3. 7 nutsfortreasure
    November 24, 2012 at 15:54

    You have an award over at my place when you have time


  4. November 24, 2012 at 13:00

    Some beautiful colors … and a stunning photo, like art.


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