Colorful SRC Flies, Coho Flies, and...a Blacklight


"Chasing Riseforms"
All the latest posts here about SRC flies and their success rates inspired me to take a couple photos of a few flies under a blacklight, which shows what materials are effected by UV (ultraviolet) rays. I've known this for quite a long time and had been discussing this more recently with my fishing partner Mark. I thought I would attempt to take a couple of photos to illustrate for those who don't give much thought to using florescent materials. They are blurry, but, keep in mind that fish can see UV light. To have a little fun...if you have a handheld battery operated blacklight, take it to your local fly shop or shine it on your fly tying materials in the dark. You will be amazed! The attached photos are squids I am experimenting with in my Popsicle Stick pattern colors, and the other is a group of used Popsicle Sticks. For those that don't know, the main colors are hotpink, chartruese, salmon colored Litebrite, hotpink polymarabou. You will find many colors that make you smile with your blacklight, and you will be on your way to the fly shop soon! Have fun!! Maybe this is nothing new to most of you, but thought I would post it anyway.

Steve Rohrbach

Puget Sound Fly Fisher
Larry, great post. I have been using UV Krystal Flash in all of my flies. I just found a bunch of UV material that I bought at the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show from Spirit River. They are testing UV in all of the feathers they sell. I believe that UV makes our flies more effective. I just picked up a used book called "Through the Fish's Eye - An Angler's Guide To Game Fish Behavior" that has some great information on how fish see color. I will see if it addresses UV and post the findings.


Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
Nice work Larry!
Lots of folks call bunk on UV, but I'm a believer.
Like Steve, I now use UV Krystal Flash on all my local salt flies.
Wow Larry, did I just have a flashback to 60's. Thats pretty cool.... I know you've been messing around with it, now I see why! How deep does
UV penetrate the water under fairly clear conditions? I guess I need to pay more attention to MAD SCIENTIST DFL's ideas. Thanks for the pic's.


"Chasing Riseforms"
Steve- Here is a link to a blacklight like I have. There are many more better quality one's, but this works fine. I need to order a new one. I'm no scientist, and may have this all wrong. It is my understanding that fish can see things that absorb/reflect UV light rays. Gotta go! I'm running out the door to hunt for cutthroat nearby for a little while. Darn, the tide is changing soon tho, I may hit slack!