Reel color/finish

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Stewart, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. Stewart Skunk Happens

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    All of my reels are black. I read something early on that said flash from a shiny reel can spook fish. The earlier thread about reel color got me wondering if anybody else avoids reels that have too much shine?
  2. _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    I try not to over-analyze things. The brain of a fish is a small thing...a very small thing. Much like the human male, it mainly reacts to food and sex... very little else... and will defy death for either one
  3. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    I have a shiny new Redington Drift loaded with a 3 wt DT that I will be using for small stream trout fishing. I think that I'll have to wear shades when I fish with it, so the glare doesn't blind me.:cool: I'll let you know if I think its scaring the fish. I might have to limit its deployment to small, canopied streams in narrow gorges, or only bust it out for cloudy days.
  4. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Naw, I've been fishing my Redington GD 5/6 - shiny silver - for years and its fine. Ofc over the years it's shininess has diminished.
  5. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Fishing is a sport that's awash in variables that can work to keep fish from being caught. Considering how factors like presentation, fly selection, angler position, stealthy approach, and more can all adversely impact fishing success, I think there's plenty of opportunity to correct things that we might be doing wrong before I'd start worrying about a reel's color or finish.

  6. Steve Call Active Member

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    "Fishing was great, but the catching was only so - so. Probably the glare off my reel spooked the fish."

    I can always use another excuse........
  7. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I'm not going to say anything about reel colors. Or the color of fly line.
  8. IveofIone Active Member

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    Don't go soft now Jim-hold their feet to the fire! We all know that using a reel that doubles as a signal mirror is going to put down fish.:) It' just the price of being fashionable.

  9. Porter Active Member

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    I tried a few, platinum club, gold member, red corvette, then I went fat big black and never have gone back...but I accessorize with black...pewter on black, green on black and on black is my all time favortie... What about fly line color...dig the brights? or the dull colors? that would be of more interest to me. Olive Green and Tan are two of my favorites.
  10. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Myth... fish any color you like so long as it's black (or Lamson's "smoke" finish) ;)
  11. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    That explains why I do what I do!!!!
  12. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    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.
  13. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    If that were the case, that bright orange ball in the sky every day would make fishing impossible.
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  14. Salmo_g Active Member

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    My reels are all colored in camo pattern, Real Tree for the west side rivers and lakes, and Desert for the east side.
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  15. Stewart Skunk Happens

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    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.
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  16. Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    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.

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  17. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    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"?
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  18. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    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.
  19. Denny Active Member

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    "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.
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  20. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    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...