Re: What underwater flies look like- photos

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Posted by Vince Staley on 2009-03-12 08:23:02 in reply to What underwater flies look like- photos posted by Ralph on 2009-03-09 18:46:46

The late Gary LaFontaine explained how certain colors attract trout. His theory was based on the color of light as the sun rose in the sky and the colors reflected by over head stream side vegetation. He stated that the Royal Coachman was one fly that incorporated most of the colors the sun projected during the day. The peacock herl reflected the green light found along the banks. His "flame thrower fly" had a collar of fluorescent orange hackle that deadly when the sun was low on the horizon. Another fly I found to be killer late in the day had a pearl bead "gas bubble" that was fished as an emerging caddis nymph.

Bugs emerging in the surface film send out ripples and sounds that fish key on (i.e.traveller sedge). Nymphs (also Palolo worms) that migrate to shore or off shore leave a "V" wake on the surface that attracts fish.

Bait fish turn and flash against the back ground as they swim. So, your fly has to imitate all these factors based on which life form you are presenting and you have to "swim" the fly accordingly to get the bite. None of this applies to a lit up bill fish that will eat a cigar or banana (how did that get on the ***damn boat?)

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