The power of empiricism ;-)


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Posted by David Dempsey on 2013-05-01 08:56:27 in reply to Re: The studies say.. :lol posted by Max Garth on 2013-05-01 00:44:18

I'm assuming Max and a few of Dan's other more scholarly readers will KNOW what the word means...

...and bear in mind that I am an art major and a construction worker(both free time and disposable income being luxuries for me) ;-)

So... we have, in the world of science, conclusions based upon theory and supported or proven (more or less) by what? Often, that would be observation--or empirical results.

Stay with me here. :lol

I can't tell you how many times I've heard that color doesn't matter--apparently uttered by those anglers who DO NOT fish some of the more challenging spring creeks the US has to offer.

We also know trout do have an entirely different make-up of cones and rods in their eye structure so very clearly they are NOT seeing color the same way we see or perceive it...

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that color does not matter (or tippet size or any number of other things--which we all now know to be patently false)

I can tell you, however, how many times that the slightest tweaking or altering of the color of a fly HAS made a tremendous difference FOR ME. However you are not me--nor are you fishing the same waters so we can disagree :lol

Let's look at what you just posted, however. So what if fish live in an environment that loses 55% of it's visibility (to the human eye) in the first meter of depth? We were after all talking about (mostly) dry flies which are in that first few millimeters ;-)

Secondly, the fact that color changes (or our perception of it) may or may not diminish it's overall importance or relative value against whatever background. Ansel Adams proved that --repeatedly--in some of the richest, most gorgeous and absolutely stunning black and white photographs ever taken. Perhaps the angler needs to think in terms of gray scale before entirely dismissing the importance of color--as well as realizing that fish see further into either end of the spectrum.

Lastly this idea that all the fish sees is "silhouette" or black is equally flawed. One has to assume the fish is first of all looking directly into the sun and ignores the importance or value of reflected light.


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