Best color for steelhead?? summer?winter??

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by sandspanker, Jun 18, 2011.


best color for steelhead?

Pink 6 vote(s) 17.6%
purple 13 vote(s) 38.2%
blue 1 vote(s) 2.9%
or??? 14 vote(s) 41.2%
  1. Chris DeLeone Active Member

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    Where would you not use a black fly - where do you think the contrast of Black is not as visible?

    Why don't many drift fisherman use black?
  2. Panhandle Active Member

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    I believe purple is more visible to steelhead under both high and low light conditions (unsupportable opinion). Black and blue make purple.... that has to be good, right? I do like black based flies, but I'd take purple based flies in a heart beat if I could only choose one. I'm not right, it would just give me more confidence and that's what matters most.
  3. KerryS Ignored Member

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    When ever one of these "what do you/should I use threads" comes along I learn I have been doing it all wrong for the last 30 or more years and all those steelhead I caught were a complete accident. FML
  4. Panhandle Active Member

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    See, Kerry, this is the true value of flyfishing forums.
  5. Andrew Lawrence Active Member

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    Otherwise, whatever you do, never use a white fly with crystal flash and a bit of pink. ;)
  6. Big Tuna Member

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    Nicely done. That's a post to come back to.
  7. stewart dee Guest

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    I like Purple or Orange: black and yellow.
  8. Flyborg Active Member

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    When I first started catching steelhead, I only used white rabbit strips tied to a longshank hook, no flash. Then I migrated to purple, then black. Now I spend 15 minutes tying each fly wondering which color will be the best given the current conditions, whether the flash should be sparse, what size conehead or eyes to use. I don't catch any more fish now than I used to :)
  9. g_smolt Recreational User

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    Lemme see, I've caught summer and winter fish on Black Purple Red Green Fuschia Cerise Lavender Burgundy SalmonPink ShrimpPink Orange Rust Tan White Cream Flesh Peacock BrightYellow Chartreuse Gold Silver Kingfisher...

    Moral of the story is, Color don't matter for shit if the presentation is flawed.

    Fly color / profile / etc = 10%

    Presentation = 90%
  10. Dale Dennis Formally Double-D

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    I couldn't agree more.
  11. Rob Allen Active Member

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  12. Wadecalvin Member

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    Black or purple with silver tinsel.