Posts Tagged ‘ultraviolet

23
Mar
13

Fly Tying: Seeing Red…………..

Red used to be a hot spot of sorts for fly patterns. The fly patterns that sat in plastic bins in hardware stores (pre-flyshop/online sales days) sometimes had that red hackled-fibered tail. There has been a recent spurt of hot colored beads and hackles that allow for that insertion of a bright ‘hot spot’ to perhaps attract the take.

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If you do any research on colors and their visibility in water, you learn the color red supposedly fades first as it descends down through the water…past depths of 10 feet. Is it even worth the effort to include a hot spot? Is red even visible on that tail or beard (suggesting gills or blood)? Well, I have experimented with hot colors of orange, blue, chartreuse, red and have had the best results with red.

streamer beard sbExperimentation is a very special part of fly tying and fishing for me and many fly fishers. Experiment with colors. Sometimes it is a one time success and sometimes the experiment yields years of special moments. All part of the fun.

24
Nov
12

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.  

27
Dec
08

Fish Vision & Color (Variables of Color for Streams and Stillwaters)

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Water, however, presents a serious challenge for fish and fishermen when it comes to vision and color. Many characteristics of light quickly change as it moves through water. The first thing to realize is that the color of your fly in the water is almost always different from what it is in the air. I have to be a little technical to explain this, but I think if you bear with me, you’ll have a better understanding of how fish perceive color and how this impacts the flies we tie and use.

Absorption also restricts how far light penetrates into the water. At about three meters (about 10 feet), roughly 60 percent of the total light (sunlight or moonlight) and almost all the red light will be absorbed. At 10 meters (about 33 feet), about 85 percent of the total light and all the red, orange, and yellow light have been absorbed. This has a direct bearing on how a fish perceives a fly.

It should now be clear how the depth of the water or distance from a fish affects the visibility of your fly. In extremely shallow and very clear water, colors may look similar to their appearance in the air; as your fly gets just three feet deep or three feet away from a fish — or less if the water has limited clarity — the colors will start to change, often with surprising results.

http://www.midcurrent.com/articles/science/ross_color.aspx

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04
Aug
08

Trout’s Vision & Ultraviolet Magic (A Reprint~Cool Stuff)

18
Jun
08

Ultraviolet Light and the Trout’s Vision (Colors to Use)

Stillwater Assortment

I posted this link once before and have seen only a few views.  It is a very intriguing look at colors we might consider using for subsurface patterns. Some of this is new to me and maybe to you….it was enough to get me to go buy medium ginger hackles. Give this series of articles a look and experiment with a pattern or two. http://overmywaders.com/cblog/

13
Apr
08

Trout’s Vision (the Ultaviolet Light factor)

There is a three part aritcle re the vision of animals and in particular trout. The author explains the potential trigger points of UV light. You will find this thought provoking. Wow, think of all the grizzly utilized and I bet partridge isn’t much better. Ginger is worth an investment and experiment it appears. Very nice site and this type of article is unique in its’ ability to make one think about our pasttime.  http://overmywaders.com/cblog/




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