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

    6 vote(s)
    17.6%
  2. purple

    13 vote(s)
    38.2%
  3. blue

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

    14 vote(s)
    41.2%
  1. golfman65

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    I read a very enlightening article in fly fishing and tying about color and conditions..I think it's last months issue so look it up. Guy fishes what sounds like our OP and Or. and documented his flies color, outside conditions, condition of the fish etc. for the past 10+ years.

    Said the old adage, dark fly dark day really didn't mean diddly..In a nutshell said dark flies catch more fish..BUT they also catch the most stale fish..Bright flies caught more fresh fish, aggressive fish..Interesting in that at times of year he'll fish different colors...like won't fish dark in the spring so he's not hooking kelts etc. Of course water temps also comes into play and I'm not going to get into that , so look up the article if you want to learn more..

    This was for WINTER steelhead, summers will take dries so you can figure that out on your own..
     
  2. Brett Bates

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    There was a great article last month in one of the fly magazines and I will find it and post the name and month. A guy took a 10yr research on bright fly vs dark fly utilizing different elements as to water clarity, chrome fish or dark fish, weather conditions and I believe something else. Amazing article, this guy did his job but in the end dark was all around best fly for all conditions but he did find he took more chrome fish on brighter patterns which he attributed to curiosity of fish in new elements.
     
  3. Brett Bates

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    didn't make it to end before posting but golfman nailed it. It's a great article
     
  4. Flyborg

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    If I had to pick one color, it'd definitely be black.
     
  5. Panhandle

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    If you guys could pick only one color you'd really choose black over purple?
     
  6. Chris DeLeone

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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?
     
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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.
     
  8. KerryS

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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
     
  9. Panhandle

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    See, Kerry, this is the true value of flyfishing forums.
     
  10. Andrew Lawrence

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    iagree

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

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

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    I like Purple or Orange: black and yellow.
     
  13. Flyborg

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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 :)
     
  14. g_smolt

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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%
     
  15. Dale Dennis

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    I couldn't agree more.