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Do you fly fish in muddy rivers? If so, what do you use and what is your technique for finding the trout? Right now my home river is muddy from all of the rain here in California.

Question by Flytieflyfish. Uploaded on January 01, 2011

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from prairieghost wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

makes it tough. one idea would be to strip streamers along the edge of the bank.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Heavy, BRIGHT streamers. If you know spey, I suggest throwing spey instead of a normal rod. If its warm, throw BIG poppers (make noise) rattle eyes, bead chains, whatever it takes, even scent if your into nasty stuff like that. But you just need to get noticed.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

the last time i fished muddy water, i used a dry with a san juan dropper in purple. someone has since said that it was taboo to do that. not sure why.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I stay home when the water is muddy but I hear using a saun juan dropper is the ticket behind large rocks near the edge.

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from littledeer wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

In my home river for trout we use a black or brown wooly bugger with flashabou in the tail and down the sides when the river is muddy anything with flash will work really.

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from Hillbilly75 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I only flyfished muddy water once and purple seemed to work well; even better than the "flashy" flies. As with all fishing, not sure why purple worked or even if it would again, but for that particular day, it was the ticket. I have also found that this is one of the best times to use spinning gear with lures that have a lot of movement or flash. I like the small tube jigs or Rapala CD-1s. Using spinning tackle also makes it easier to fish from or very near the bank. I don't like to wade in the muddy water as it is faster and hard to see where you're stepping. Many people overlook the muddy water but it seems to me that the fish are realllll hungry when the water is muddy. Perhaps it is more difficult (even for theses wonders of God's creation) to find a meal in these situations.

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Lillbilly...Purple seemed to work well BECAUSE purple is a color of the spectrum on the FAR end..RED, Orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. That is why the bass angler is often using purple worms in the off colored lake. The wave lengths are shorter, and they can penetrate off colored water better...BUT...put your boots on, stand out in the river to your knees, and if you can't see your feet, forget it. Where a small, clear water tributary might come in would give you a chance, and a place fish would move out of the crap coming through their gills, and be in better water, but for the most part, it is tough duty. And how far out to cast? Basically, the clearer the water the farther out in the current fish move to hide, and the dirtier, the closer to the bank. No need for long casts.

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from rdorman wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

san juans and sayfu is correct about purple i like purple and chartruse for my worms

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

rdorman,
Give it some science rather than just the hype over what color. Chartreuse is in that short wave length, penetrating color range, and a great choice with off colored water. Pink is a great all around steelhead, and salmon choice...WHy? It is down there with purple in the color wave length. Gary Lafontaine, the famous author who wrote Caddis Flies, was a biologist fly angler that gave color some science sense. Angers wanted to know why the "Royal' color scheme for flies, (red, and green combo) worked so well over the years. Gary said that when the water was clear, and there was sunlight, the red was enhanced, and the fish attractor, and in off colored water, or in low light, or you were throwing flies along the shaded banks, that the green was enhanced, and the fish attractor. It worked because you had your bases covered during different light, water conditions.

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from rdorman wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

i knew about purple being extremely visible...and i always had great luck on chartreuse, cool to know some of the science behind it, i'm a math guy maybe i'll check out the numbers with it

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

the last time i fished muddy water, i used a dry with a san juan dropper in purple. someone has since said that it was taboo to do that. not sure why.

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Lillbilly...Purple seemed to work well BECAUSE purple is a color of the spectrum on the FAR end..RED, Orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. That is why the bass angler is often using purple worms in the off colored lake. The wave lengths are shorter, and they can penetrate off colored water better...BUT...put your boots on, stand out in the river to your knees, and if you can't see your feet, forget it. Where a small, clear water tributary might come in would give you a chance, and a place fish would move out of the crap coming through their gills, and be in better water, but for the most part, it is tough duty. And how far out to cast? Basically, the clearer the water the farther out in the current fish move to hide, and the dirtier, the closer to the bank. No need for long casts.

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from rdorman wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

san juans and sayfu is correct about purple i like purple and chartruse for my worms

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

rdorman,
Give it some science rather than just the hype over what color. Chartreuse is in that short wave length, penetrating color range, and a great choice with off colored water. Pink is a great all around steelhead, and salmon choice...WHy? It is down there with purple in the color wave length. Gary Lafontaine, the famous author who wrote Caddis Flies, was a biologist fly angler that gave color some science sense. Angers wanted to know why the "Royal' color scheme for flies, (red, and green combo) worked so well over the years. Gary said that when the water was clear, and there was sunlight, the red was enhanced, and the fish attractor, and in off colored water, or in low light, or you were throwing flies along the shaded banks, that the green was enhanced, and the fish attractor. It worked because you had your bases covered during different light, water conditions.

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from prairieghost wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

makes it tough. one idea would be to strip streamers along the edge of the bank.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Heavy, BRIGHT streamers. If you know spey, I suggest throwing spey instead of a normal rod. If its warm, throw BIG poppers (make noise) rattle eyes, bead chains, whatever it takes, even scent if your into nasty stuff like that. But you just need to get noticed.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I stay home when the water is muddy but I hear using a saun juan dropper is the ticket behind large rocks near the edge.

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from littledeer wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

In my home river for trout we use a black or brown wooly bugger with flashabou in the tail and down the sides when the river is muddy anything with flash will work really.

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from Hillbilly75 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I only flyfished muddy water once and purple seemed to work well; even better than the "flashy" flies. As with all fishing, not sure why purple worked or even if it would again, but for that particular day, it was the ticket. I have also found that this is one of the best times to use spinning gear with lures that have a lot of movement or flash. I like the small tube jigs or Rapala CD-1s. Using spinning tackle also makes it easier to fish from or very near the bank. I don't like to wade in the muddy water as it is faster and hard to see where you're stepping. Many people overlook the muddy water but it seems to me that the fish are realllll hungry when the water is muddy. Perhaps it is more difficult (even for theses wonders of God's creation) to find a meal in these situations.

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from rdorman wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

i knew about purple being extremely visible...and i always had great luck on chartreuse, cool to know some of the science behind it, i'm a math guy maybe i'll check out the numbers with it

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