Reel color/finish

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#16
All my reels are painted with a fish skin pattern a la mode de Abel. I believe that is why I can sneak up on fish to within a few feet. I don't even have to cast. I just dap for them. Works every time. Sometimes I find them swimming in circles around me if I stand still long enough.

TC
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#17
I'll guarantee a "flash" from a shiny reel or anything, if it flashes the right direction, will scare a fish. Black is beautiful. Oh, and when are some of you guys going to get rid of your "white hats" out fishing?..... Or how about your shiny fly rod. Ever wonder why they have some in "matte black"?
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#18
A few years ago I read in some magazine that bright colored fly line will put down fish. But they still make fly line in bright colors. So the first statement must of been an old man's tale. It couldn't of been an old wives tale as not many wives fly fish.

I fish a small stream that if I stick my arm out over the water the fish will scatter. But they almost always come back to where they started out at. I just wait until they return and drop my fly there.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#19
I use 3 reels in the summer time Two silver colored Allen Fly reels and one Green Martin Reel. I'm so far away from the fish I don't believe that the fish will see the flash from the sun off the reel.
"Far away" is a relative term, given it's used in this context by someone who has self-proclaimed he never casts further than 35'...

However, I do agree the 'stealth' issue is overblown by most folks, by and large. A dark line and a bright line still cast a shadow, right, which can be an issue when fishing in shallow waters for fish like bonefish? And, from underneath the water (the fish's perspective), when using a floating line that light colored line probably blends in a little better with the daytime sky as a backdrop than would a dark colored line.
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#20
A few years ago I read in some magazine that bright colored fly line will put down fish. But they still make fly line in bright colors. So the first statement must of been an old man's tale. It couldn't of been an old wives tale as not many wives fly fish.

I fish a small stream that if I stick my arm out over the water the fish will scatter. But they almost always come back to where they started out at. I just wait until they return and drop my fly there.
And on the other hand, a few years ago I used a bright orange line fishing in Idaho in September. I never caught so many fish! Go figure. Maybe it helped me follow my dry fly better and thus, more hookups...
 

Mingo

the Menehune stole my beer
#21
Fly fishermen always forget about the fish's feeling and that is a shame. You should ALWAYS consider their emotions. If you catch a fish using ugly gear like a beat-up old reel, the fish will be horribly embarrassed and its self esteem will tumble. I try to always fish with tasteful gear in pleasing colors so the fish is not humiliated as I release it. They seem to pose for more photos that way too; they generally seem to enjoy the photography process when they can pose alongside a reel in a nice color. Do not forget this. This is science. This is basic ichthyology.

For instance, I'd never use a silver reel in the fall. Note how my bronze Torque perfectly suits the fall colors and the cutthroat posing alongside. The red reel with the Mexican dorado was used because I was releasing everything that day and red is a cautionary color that means "stop!" As in, "STOP fish! Learn from this!" I know the fish appreciated the lesson.

Finally, note the green Torque and the matching garb I used on the dinner-grilled-to-perfection mahimahi. That fish gave its life to load my muscles with quality protein. There is NO WAY I would disrespect it by using an ugly reel or one in a grossly inappropriate color for the situation.

I repeat. This is science. This is basic ichthyology. Respect thy prey and they prey will respect you.
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Old Man

Just an Old Man
#22
There are a lot of myths in fly fishing. If you believed all you were told you would probably of given it all up and stuck to gear and spinners.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#23
All my reels are painted with a fish skin pattern a la mode de Abel. I believe that is why I can sneak up on fish to within a few feet. I don't even have to cast. I just dap for them. Works every time. Sometimes I find them swimming in circles around me if I stand still long enough.

TC
Those fish-skin's are old school. Here's a picture of my new Stealth reel.
 
#25
who cares if it may "spook" a fish or two. The most important thing about fly fishing is looking cool. I have a blue redington drift reel that just looks awesome! I also enjoy gold reels!
 
#26
I thought it was a legit question. The last couple years I've spent more time fishing smaller waters. Movement near the water spooks the big fish first. Whatever they detect that spooks them is what I'm trying to avoid. I wore a red shirt one day last summer and noticed fish fleeing sooner than usual. I did better without the red shirt. Now I make sure whatever I'm wearing is a more "natural" color and not bright. You could probably use a reel with a disco ball finish if you're fishing 80 feet out. Oh well.
I'm sure it matters in some cases. I did a similar "self test" with clear intermediate line. At one particular lake it mattered, on another it didn't.

I didn't think it was a silly question. As far as the shirt goes, I had similar results with trout and steelies. Both however, were on smaller streams like yours. On bigger rivers and lakes, not so much.

What I think is interesting, is the amount of feedback (one way or the other) if you indeed haven't spent considerable time exploring what works and doesn't, like you did Stewart. Even then, it may just be one river, stream, or pond, that it makes a difference on. Yet when it does, it makes a big difference. To some (like me) it's worth it. To others, they don't care to find out, thus making a general statement one way or the the other, rather than just say, "Hmm, not sure." But I guess that may makes some feel stupid or something - which is just silly. If you don't care, you don't care, nothing wrong with that.
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#27
I usually use something like this one.
This reel has been getting it done for close to 100 years. It has attained a nice shiny "patina" by now, like a lot of others I have.
As has been said before; "frankly my dear, the fish don't give a damn!".

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Likes: JE

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
#28
Notice how the fish in Greg's picture just can't take his eyes off that beautiful red agate.
Obviously a fish with class!
 
#29
All of my reels have a custom mirror finish in bright silver. I took my
clue from the salmon fishers and Lure Jensen's Dodger. Besides that
I can use it to blind other fishers that are more successful than I am.
I get depressed watching other people catch fish when I am not.