Saturday, November 10, 2012

Muted colors

This fall we took a Saturday to fish Ennis Dam, cuz we were taking a novice and I cannot think of an easier place to catch trout on a fly. The novice was told to wear muted colors, as bright clothes might spook the fish. Then I showed up in a Kool-Aid Man t-shirt, and we caught plenty.

Since then, I've become acquainted with Boise's Ed Dunn, who first debunked the myth of muted colors years ago, going as far as wearing sequins on the Railroad Ranch. He noticed that not only does the flashy garb not scare fish, it does scare his competition.
Ed's Facebook profile pic
"I scored a hot pink soccer shirt for 50 cents from a thrift store," Dunn said. "Even before dipping a tootsie in the water let alone making a cast, I instantly noticed that the hot pink shirt scared the living snot outta fishermen."

That and Dunn's defense of the perpetually scorned native whitefish spun into his regionally famous moniker: Whitefish Ed. You'll know him if you see him.

Stay tuned for more a thorough account of Ed's exploits... 


Fly Waters Edge - Kevin said...

True enough! I've never noticed it to make a difference! My orange lucky Cabela's cap has never failed me!

Joshua Bergan said...

Agreed. I'll even watch some people get super stealth and sneak up on water, and I'll think it's "cute". I put more stock in using the right fly and good presentation in the right piece of water. The rest, I feel, has a pretty minimal impact (certain situations aside).

Anonymous said...

the thing about bright colors is that an educated fisherman should approach any trout so they do not see him/her, bright colors or not. I personally will give myself every advantage possible including wearing colors that blend in, could be the difference between catching "a fish" or "the fish"

Joshua Bergan said...

Ah. My old friend Anonymous. Nice to hear from you again.