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    camo fly line = good marketing gimmick for gullible fly angler

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    The only clear/camo line I've used is the Cortland I line, and I generally fish it in still waters. Not sure if there's really an advantage, but I seem to be able to fish shorter leaders without impacting results. This would be pulling or stripping streamers. Perhaps camo is more effective subsurface than on top??

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    ps...I like bright colored floaters for moving water. I'd rather see what I'm trying to mend.

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    I've bought some of the 'camo' stuff, generally it's been olive. The chief benefit I observed that got me to buy it was that it was what happened to be on sale. I don't care much about the color of the line. I haven't found difficulty seeing my line on the water, though that could change with time...
    - William

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    I like a mossy colored line as I always figured it MAY be mistaken for weeds or a stick or something.

    However, I don't really let the color of the line dictate how I feel about it.
    "They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that's not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit into the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they're just not such a big deal anymore." ~ John Gierach

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    Who remembers the company that made shirts and vests in "aqua-camo" or something like that back in the 90s? The pattern was a watery look. Ridiculous and hilarious. As if a fish looking up through the water wouldn't see you on the bank because you looked like a big column of water, on the bank!

    Brian - don't even get me started on hunting camo ... what a ridiculous industry that is! Photo-real patterns printed onto fabric that is laced with UV brighteners. So you can glow in the dark to the deer's vision but look like and oak tree to your hunting partner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    It's not how well a fly line matches or contrasts a background that's important. It's about the amount of light that the line reflects.
    It's the "flash" overhead that scares the fish
    Just sayin'
    But something that does not match the background is seen flash or not. I have heard this argument before but I don't buy it. If you have a line that matches the sky flying across the sky, how is that worse than a line than matches a mossy rock flashing across the sky going to be better? Both lines are going to be shiney thanks to us wanting them to go through our guides without needing to have arms like the Hulk. You don't get anymore shine from a light sky matching line than you do that one that sticks out like a sore thumb one. A black shiney car is just as shiney as a white shiney car. But driving them past a snow bank, it's not the shine that makes one show up more than the other.

    If you guys look back, this subject has come up a few times over the past few years. I don't think very many people ever changed their minds. I think it's interesting how once someone has made up their mind on this subject, it seems virtually impossible to sway them either way.

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    In the first link, the white line is clearly the hardest to see when it's against the sky. Both in the air, and on the water. Flash, color and in the water. When viewed at a low angle in the photo, it is easier to see than the dark ones, but here's the flaw in that. At a low angle, the fly is still 9' away from your fly. Depending on the angle the fish approaches your fly it may or may not have the shore or trees as a background to the line. It has almost as good a chance that it will still be sky. Just looking at this as what "hides it most of the time" aspect, I'd still say it's the white line.

    I just outright disagree with the second one. I think his conclusions are based in false assumptions.

    Looking at your posted photos, white is the hardest to see in the air, with the sky as a background, and I'd dare to say most of the time at a low angle, some of which depending in surface waves etc. may not be able to be seen at a low angle against anything at all, is still likely to be seen only part of the time. If you are fishing a creek 4' wide and has high banks, then maybe white might not be the best, but other than that, I'd say it is better than black. I think the black mentioned in the second link hides it from the angler only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean_mt View Post
    Brian - don't even get me started on hunting camo ... what a ridiculous industry that is! Photo-real patterns printed onto fabric that is laced with UV brighteners. So you can glow in the dark to the deer's vision but look like and oak tree to your hunting partner!
    Heh heh, fancy camo and bass lures in ultra realistic looking patterns have often been said more about "catching hunters/fisherman than deer/fish". Oh how true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean_mt View Post
    don't even get me started on hunting camo ... what a ridiculous industry that is! Photo-real patterns printed onto fabric that is laced with UV brighteners. So you can glow in the dark to the deer's vision but look like and oak tree to your hunting partner!
    Yes but it makes great curtains! All of my curtains are camo including my shower. It's Mossy Oak Wetlands. Get it?

    If you search bach through the threads, this line color thing comes up fairlt often. A 10 second search found this one, Fly line color, does it matter? and as you see, I still haven't changed my mind. There are at least a couple other threads with this also. I think Rips links are posted in at least one other one. Pretty sure nobody has budged an inch.

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