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Old 01-06-2006, 12:55 PM
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Question Eye Color

I'd like to hear some opinions on how people have done with different color eyes. I'm not talking about having one blue eye and one brown like my butcher - I'm talking flies
I notice many of the dark colored flies used at night have red eyes, why is that?

Do you notice a difference between

I've always been partial to blue eyed blondes but again we're talking flies here.

Has anyone noticed a preference for eye color in Stripers that are keyed onto a bait? How about light conditions? Those red eyes always freaked me out a little. I can see yellow eyes for an eel fly but as far as I've observed most of the other bait fish are pearl eyed.
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Old 01-06-2006, 01:02 PM
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Haven't noticed any particular preference. A good experiment would be to fish two flies with different colored eyes and see what flies gets the most fish. On bunker patterns I feel it's most important to use big eyes on the fly. Just my .02 FishHawk
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Old 01-06-2006, 01:39 PM
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That is a very good question. I will be interested to hear people’s responses. I can't say that I have ever noticed a difference and tend to use eyes that compliment the overall coloration of the fly I am tying but have used the red eyes to contrast at times. I think it will be interesting to see if there is a correlation between the color eyes that work and their corresponding visibility under water. Never read anything concrete but I believe some hypothesize that chartreuse flies work as it is one of the colors that is least dissipated under water. I believe red is one of the first to go which might make those red eyes look more like one giant pupil if fished at any depth.

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Old 01-06-2006, 01:54 PM
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Being new to both fly fishing and tying, my knowledge base is limited.

I have in my reading, come across references to patterns with red throats and heads, where the red might be useful in imitating a fish that is injured or in distress. Perhaps there is a carry over to the eyes.

It would be useful to get a definitive answer as I am currently tying clousers with both red and chartreuse eyes!

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Old 01-06-2006, 02:09 PM
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My own preference, which is only based on experience, is to tie flies with eyes that compliment the overall fly for flats fishing and eyes that contrast with the overall fly colors for more open water and white water situations. I have no trends of success or failure with this scheme, but it just seems to make sense and give me some confidence on the water.
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Old 01-06-2006, 02:22 PM
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I am kinda picky about this topic for flats flies. Dor certain flies I not only want the right color but a particular brand due to reflective, adhesive and diameter range.

For baitfish flies I prefer a silver-based with black pupil, just because that what the baitfish themselves have.

I think colors in the eyes of saltwater flies do play a role in mid-summer mid-day conditions, however as I always preach not nearly as much as the mood of the fish (based on what's going on at the time) and the presentation. Not too many things can be off when sight fishing during the dog days least of which the scenario you are staking out.
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