01-17-2009, 12:24 PM
Hi to all,
As I said earlier it all comes down to what you are fishing for and where you are fishing. I can give you a good example of two instances that in one case it makes a difference and in another it don't matter at all.
Fishing a bass lake in Florida. You can catch bass four feet from the boat, standing at the edge of the deck fishing cover. The bass don't move or make any effort to get away from you. The water is clear but colored and they can see your line. You will still catch fish. Now it is possible that the big old whopper that is wise will not be caught but you catch a lot of fish. I have caught an 8 pounder in this situation so even the whoppers don't care much what is going on above them. In this case I would say a flashy reel or bright clothing would not be a problem.
Fishing a spring fed river in Florida and the water is crystal clear. The river gets a bunch of boat travel, it is not very wide and has a bunch of tubers during the Summer. The only cover is on the edges of the river but the fish fed away from the sides in the currant. The fish are extremely line shy and any noise or movement moves the bass away from you. The water is so clear that you can see their movement and reaction. In this case if they see you, your fly line, a flash, or any unnatural act, the fish will be on guard and move off. If you catch one fish you have to move on and maybe when you return you might get another. That is if no one else has been fishing the same spot while you were gone. In this case I would say a flashy reel or bright clothing could be a problem.
If you are fishing where flash makes a difference you should also be concerned about the flash from your rod. I am not sure how we ended up with glossy, shinny rods. I guess we can thank marketing people. If I was making rods they would have a dull finish. We do it with guns and cameras so why not fly rods?