04-03-2009, 09:41 AM
Re: Water Color/Clarity
Matching the fly to the water clarity can be very important, and for me it's my number one consideration when fishing for smallmouth.
Muted colors like brown, orange, and gold in stained water
Brighter colors like white, yellow, chartreuse, and silver in clear
Your basic black would be good for both
I also consider the color of the sky and I'll take that even further than the common "bright sky, bright fly, dark sky, dark fly.
I think about yellow in the full sun, orange at dawn, pink at dusk..
....especially the pink when the sky is the same color... wow
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