Re: why UV??
Posted by Phil Brna on 2012-03-28 11:33:03
in reply to why UV?? posted by Steve P. on 2012-03-28 08:13:02
|I think fish see in the UV spectrum to some extent, and it may be that they can see a fly at 6 feet instead of 3 feet and that makes the difference or they just look different. I cannot quote the specific science right at this moment but I think there have been plenty of discussions here and I have read some in the scientific literature. Fish, or at least some fish, can also see fluorescent colors at depth better than other colors. This is especially true for pink and chartreuse. Black is also good at depth because it provides the maximum contrast. So, many of my flies, incorporate combinations of black, chart and pink. Most of my flies contain UV materials as well.|
Do they work? I can tell you that when I fish rainbow trout in the murky waters of the Kenai River or at night, black leeches with UV outfish black w/o UV 10:1. One of my friends paints all his Kenai king plugs with UV paint and he has actually kept records for over 20 years about which plugs work best. UV wins! When I am fishing king salmon on the tides, a sparse chart/white clouser with UV outfishes one without UV. For deep fishing for tarpon or other species I do better with flies tied with black and pink or white or chart with UV. However, maybe I am always in the right spot or maybe I better confidence in the flies with UV. heck, maybe I am just a better fisherman than all of my friends. :o)