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Fly line color and scaring fish?

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Do you guys think a bright colored fly line will scare fish?

Posted on: 2010/3/13 10:51


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Do you guys think a bright colored fly line will scare fish?



Nope, not a bit, but some claim it does. I really don't worry about it much since I take great pains not to line spooky fish, in which case the color of the line is the least of your worries.

Posted on: 2010/3/13 11:00


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right. keep line out of field of vision. they don't know what it is anyway. can't really connected it with your dragging fly. sticks float down the river all the time. they don't know what those are either.

ee centric

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My brookie line is bright orange and has never hurt my fishing.

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I think once flows are reduced and the water is crystal clear a bright colored fly line may spook more than a drab one. But more of a problem would be any line smacking the water near a fish.
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Nope. While I try to avoid it, I don't worry much about drifting over them.

I am with JF. It's the landing over them that causes problems.

Color's mostly irrelevant IMO.

Posted on: 2010/3/14 21:20


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From underneath, any floating line on the surface will appear dark. I wouldn't be surprised if a lighter line is beneficial during high sun.

As its cast overhead, the same should hold true: A shadow is a shadow, regardless of the colour of the line.

Posted on: 2010/3/15 1:32
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Not sure if color matters or not. In my mind I think it does, so I always buy the dark gray colored lines.

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Posted on: 2010/3/15 9:12


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I've wandered this myself. Up until the other day, my only 5wt was BRIGHT orange. It almost glowed in the sunlight it seemed. I fished it for the first time on Big Spring creek the other week and the fish seemed extra spooky. But then again, it was Big Spring on a bright sunny day, so probably wasn't the line. But I honestly think that it was bright enough to maybe cause a flash. Who knows? I just bought a light olive colored cortland fly line. We'll see the difference.

Posted on: 2010/3/15 22:02


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I stick with drab colors, darker greens and such. I don't know that it makes any difference whatsoever, but I don't think it can hurt.

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I'm not sure but I tend to lean toward the "no effect" point of view. I've used bright colored lines for trout fishing for decades and don't ever recall thinking that it made a difference. Bright lines are easier to see and thus to control while casting.
Viewpoints on this differ among the saltwater crowd however. These days there is a growing community of salt FFers who swear by clear or clear tip lines for spooky game fish like bonefish. Many swear that tarpon are spooked by fly lines and will swim around them so there is a growing market for "stealth" lines among salt guys but it doesn't seem to be catching on with freshwater FFers.

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I'm with PaulG , Pcray , and FishI , I don't really know if it matters but i stick with the colors i hope will blend in right now it's green and peach/salmon colored lines on all my stuff.

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Grey, tan, or clear.I have some bright colored lines,however.Favorite is a Monic clear 5wt.If I was in the market I'd buy clear tip lines.
I know that when I fished New Zealand my friend with a tan line out fished me ,I caught 0, he had 4 nice browns. I switched to the clear and caught fish.

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I've used markers to change the last 10 ft or so of brighter colored lines. Dont know for sure of the color difference or not, but I know I've spooked trout just by false casting alot more than once, and its just another way I try to put the odds more in my favor if only by a percent or two.
It seems to me that if you do alot of little extra precautions like that, sometimes it adds up to "I caught a 20" wild brown" compared to "I saw a 20" wild brown".
As always, IMHO.

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I think it depends on whether you have a tendency to make a lot of false casts. But then my catch rate went way up when I lost the bright colored lines.

Posted on: 2010/3/29 18:22
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