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Why Are Different Lakes Different Colors?

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Why Are Different Lakes Different Colors?

Postby Karl Klavon » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:27 am

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Re: Why Are Different Lakes Different Colors?

Postby Karl Klavon » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:42 am

And what are the most effective colors of fly patterns we need to successfully fish those different colored lake waters? Here is another link to a related article to help answer that question: http://www.finefishing.com/flies/colorovision%20trout.htm
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Re: Why Are Different Lakes Different Colors?

Postby Karl Klavon » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:47 am

Here is a link showing various colors of fishing lures as they appear above the water, and as they appear in clear/blue, green, and red/brown colored waters. The text is well worth reading but pay particular attention to which colors of spinner blades are most visible to you in the water colors shown, as the text contradicts its self in places. Here is the link: http:http://www.mepps.com/fishing-article/color-technology-what-you-see-is-not-what-you-get/77
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Re: Why Are Different Lakes Different Colors?

Postby Karl Klavon » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:05 am

And here are a final 4 tips on fly/lure color selection, provided by Uli-Beyer.com:

Tips for choosing the right colours:

1. The clearer the water and the more light there is, the more you have to experiment with different colours. The fish and the absorption of light dictade what is good. Start with preferably very dark colours like violet, dark blue and black when there is a lot of light.

2. Natural colours, corresponding to the usual prey fish, are a good choice in shallow clear water.

3. The less light penetrates into the depth, the smaller is the choice of colours. Black, white, metallic effects and especially fluorescent colours are here recommendable.

4. Waters shimmer very often in certain colours (ocean blue, emerald green or brownish yellow). The reason for this are light waves, they move through the water and leave it filtered. The colour of the water is an indicator for which colours “return” from the depth. They can serve as a rough evidence for choosing the lure colours. Very often it is a good choice to take the same colour of the water for the colour of your lure because the light waves of these colours penetrate the water very well.
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