Register now on PaFlyFish.com! Login
HOME FORUM BLOG PHOTOS LINKS


Sponsors

Browsing this Thread:   1 Anonymous Users





Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2006/9/17 23:07
Posts: 413
Offline
I have gotten some flack in the past for using a fly vest that is sand-brown and my new waders are tan.

I was wondering if this could be having a serious affect on my fishing. I do fairly well and I can definitely creep up on spooky fish (ie Valley Creek browns) but I still was wondering if this is scaring alot of the fish away.

Posted on: 2007/4/2 23:15


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2006/9/9 20:09
From Harrisburg
Posts: 2157
Offline
Dear Wmass,

For more years than I can count I wore Orvis Clearwater waders that were a pale bluish-green color. They had absolutely no effect on fish that I could tell.

Color is an excuse that people trot out when they don't catch fish. I've wore a white t-shirt with a neon chartreuse hat and caught plenty of fish. If you wade carefully and move slowly color is a non-factor.

Regards,
Tim Murphy

Posted on: 2007/4/3 0:09


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2007/2/25 0:19
Posts: 43
Offline
We have offically run out of worthwhile topics.

Fortunatly the Fish Comission can be counted on to screw somethign up in the next few days once again giving us somethign to talk about.

Posted on: 2007/4/3 0:23


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders
Moderator
Joined:
2006/9/9 17:32
From Gettysburg
Posts: 8668
Offline
I think this is a worthwhile topic. I do think that dress color can affect fishing - although stealth and approach are still more important. In large waters where you're silhouetted against the sky I think light colors are better. I like white for saltwater flats. In most PA trout streams your back is to darker vegetation and I think darker colors are better. Sand colored or otherwise earth tone shades are probably a good compromise. With regard to the colors of waders I think that dark colors will blend in to the watery background better than light ones.

Posted on: 2007/4/3 6:43


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2006/12/7 18:13
Posts: 211
Offline
Believe what ever makes you feel good about your success or lack of.

Tim is right.

When I fish in State Game Lands during the various hunting seasons I wear a blaze orange cap and bandanna. Some of my best days with spooky wild fish has been on orange days.

Posted on: 2007/4/3 6:59


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2007/3/9 14:18
From Enola, PA
Posts: 431
Offline
Hehe I remember several years back Cabelas used to sell "water camo" waders. They were blue with a little wave pattern on them. They must not have been a great seller since they arent in the catalog anymore.

Posted on: 2007/4/3 7:55
_________________
Joe


uhh...nevermind


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2007/1/31 20:39
Posts: 194
Offline
Right on Tim! I think that color and cammo are completely unneccesary in most situations. A trout has a cone of vision of about 97 degrees, with a blind spot directly behind them. If you can patiently sneak up behind them, and you have any skill in casting, you can shoot your flies right into their feeding area and they'll never even know your there. So, why use cammo when you could stay out of their field of vision all together?

I do understand how cammo might be neccessary when fishing for brookies in small mountain streams. Not much room to cast there, so you have to get closer to the fish, and thus you may need to blend into your surroundings better.

For my 2c, I think that fish react much more to unusual shilouettes than unusual colors.

Posted on: 2007/4/3 12:15


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2006/12/13 9:28
From Other side of the tracks
Posts: 17596
Offline
I prefer darker colors. The lighter colored vest makes me look fat.

Posted on: 2007/4/3 14:59
_________________
There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance." -Henry David Thoreau--


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders
Moderator
Joined:
2006/9/9 9:29
From Monessen, PA
Posts: 21713
Offline
I can just see Farmer Dave asking his fishing partner:
"Does my @$$ looks fat in these waders?"

Posted on: 2007/4/3 15:16
_________________
I don't like spinach, and I'm glad I don't, because if I liked it I'd eat it, and I just hate it. --Clarence Darrow


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2006/11/4 20:39
Posts: 68
Offline
I fish the same way I archery hunt, slowly and blending with my surroundings as much as possible. I do fish mostly small streams, and I would agree on larger waters with longer casts color probably isn't an issue if you stay out of the fishes window of vision. I am a little older and don't prefer to crawl on my hands and worn out knees, so I believe the camo helps hide my clumsiness. I also do some widlife photography while I'm out. I am out of excuses for my camo now and besides I like it.
Become one with the forest, become one with the forest.
Flyman

Posted on: 2007/4/3 19:39


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders
Moderator
Joined:
2006/9/9 9:29
From Monessen, PA
Posts: 21713
Offline
My impression is that fish are spooked by at least these things/activities in this order of importance:
1. shadows;
2. flashes of light;
3. quick/sudden movements;
4. stomping on ground near shore or on creekbed;
5. color of clothing.

When it is convenient, I wear earthtones when fishing. But, my vest is light tan and my waders just a shade darker. I will usually wear dark green or other dark colors for my shirt sleeves, which is the only part of my garment that is visible from under waders and vest. My hat is dark grey. If I had no good reason (such as safety) to wear bright florescent colors, I wouldn't. No sense giving the fish another possible reason to become wary.

Posted on: 2007/4/4 5:42
_________________
I don't like spinach, and I'm glad I don't, because if I liked it I'd eat it, and I just hate it. --Clarence Darrow


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2006/11/15 10:49
Posts: 71
Offline
Waving your stick around and flashing a bright fly line over the fish false casting too many times is way more detrimental than wearing hot pink pants! The other guys on the river might just look at ya funny.

Posted on: 2007/4/4 16:41


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2006/10/18 17:32
From Bucks County
Posts: 114
Offline
I wear an Olive colored vest and olive and tan waders and I still can't catch fish like I had hoped would.

Posted on: 2007/4/4 17:04


Re: Color of Fly Vest and Waders

Joined:
2006/9/23 0:52
From Lock Haven, PA
Posts: 468
Offline
I like olive vests and darker colored waders. An olive vest brings out the green in my eyes On a more serious note...I feel I blend into the surroundings better and if it works it works if not then so be it but I feel better anyways. I always wear camo shirts when fishing...but thats just the redneck I am!

Posted on: 2007/4/6 0:34






You can view topic.
You cannot start a new topic.
You cannot reply to posts.
You cannot edit your posts.
You cannot delete your posts.
You cannot add new polls.
You cannot vote in polls.
You cannot attach files to posts.
You cannot post without approval.

[Advanced Search]





Site Content
Login
Username:

Password:

Remember me



Lost Password?

Register now!
Stay Connected

twitterfeed.com facebook instagram RSS Feed

Sponsors
Polls
What kind of streams do you primarily fish?
Approved Trout Waters (Stocked Fish)
Class A Wild Trout Streams
Special Regulation Areas
Wilderness Trout Streams
No Preference All Trout Streams
120 total votes!
The poll will close at 2014/4/30 15:00
3 Comments
USGS Water Levels





Copyright 2014 by PaFlyFish.com | Privacy Policy| Provided by Kile Media Group | Design by 7dana.com