Best color for steelhead?? summer?winter??

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

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best color for steelhead?

  1. Pink

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    17.6%
  2. purple

    13 vote(s)
    38.2%
  3. blue

    1 vote(s)
    2.9%
  4. or???

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    41.2%
  1. sandspanker

    sandspanker Member

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    I was wondering on what are everyones thoughts one good color for steelhead summer and or winter?? Everyone I have been told pink,pink.pink...etc but I am leaning towards shades of blue,black,purple. So what does everyone else think??
     
  2. KerryS

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    Whatever color I had on the last time I hooked up. I think it was orange. Maybe it was red. No, it was black. Or was it purple? Brown, that was it. I think. Blue?
     
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    That's easy, anything in the blue spectrum. I prefer purple. During high light mixing in some crystal dubbing ir sparse crystal flash does the trick. Having said that, color doesn't matter :D
     
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    Spanker,

    If you read a bit of the steelhead literature that's around, you'd already know that any color's good, so long as it's black.

    Sg
     
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    Black isn't a color, its a shade. Shades don't catch steelhead.
     
  6. KerryS

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    I wear shades when I fish for steelhead.
     
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    +1
     
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    Leroy Laviolet Aint no nookie like chinookie

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    Blk n blu or pink alone in winter-
    Summer, Tan/orange ... You can guess the patterns :)
     
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    I usually wear sun glasses.
     
  11. Jordan Simpson

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    Purple and Black!
     
  12. Nate Dutton

    Nate Dutton I'm a teacher, I fish to eat!

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    Whatever color you are presenting correctly.
     
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    A buddy of mine never knows what color he is using, let alone what color is best. He's color blind and still catches fish. SS
     
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    a contrast of what the guy next to you is using :thumb:
     
  15. Chris DeLeone

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    I think color is more a choice in different water conditions, summer and winter fish are very different. So here is my winter fish thought process
    Pink - early winter fish moderate to stained water on a bright day - with some flash
    Orange - moderate to clear, with experience you know when to use orange - I think mid-day sun on a bright winter day
    Red/Black - moderate to clear and a bright winter day - I also use burnt oragne/purple on these days as well
    Purple - Really anytime - but I key in with purple on a darker overcast day Lilac is a good winter purple shade mixed with darker purple
    Black/Blue - Purple/Blue - anytime on an overcast day - early or late in the day lower light conditions
    Olive/Brown/Maroon - on low water when the river gets into a sustained low water pattern - I really don't like to fish those kinds of conditions but you have to when you need to. Full moon cold clear winter days.

    Flash - flash is very much a personal thing in your flies and I'm still getting to the point of where and when I use it - I'm not there yet and my thoughts are evolving on flash.

    Size - the size of fly your fly is another topic when it comes to winter - how big do you need to go. Bigger is not always better and then sometimes you may need that larger size profile to move that winter fish. That is a personal thing as well and each angler I fish with has his/her thoughts on this as well.

    "What Fish See" by Colin J Kageyama, O.D., F.C.O.V.D. is a great read and chapter 14 on Feathers and Fur fishing will change some of what you think color is doing 3 to 6 feet under water. You may start to understand that the dying process from batch to batch in dubbing adn marabou will be different and that will change what colors the fish see from fly to fly.
    You also need not to get all wraped up in this shit either - I bet you could toss Balck, Purple and Orange all season and get as many fish as a guy that keeps changing colors for every condition. Some fish will just hit your fly and would probally hit that bug no matter what color it was - but some won't and the guys that get those fish are the guys most of us want to be in winter steelheading.