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Colour for winter rainbows?
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richardhenry
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« on: July 15, 2014, 06:11:01 AM »

While I've fished for bows in the United Kingdom for over 40 years my standard lures are Olive, Black, White.

But I see in the winter-time many steelhead fishers fish pink and blue. As steelhead are sea run rainbows do you think pink and blues would work in winter for my reservoir fish?

I also see they suggest upping the size too, any thought's?

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Richard.
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2014, 07:21:01 PM »

Winter Steelhead here are not feeding, typically, when they enter the river.  Some steelhead resort to freshwater feeding, but I never try to match the hatch of their freshwater food other than one pattern; my lamprey juvenile pattern gets hammered in freshwater.  A black/blue bunny strip leech seems to elicit pretty solid takes.

I do however try to tie flies which represent their food sources in the open ocean; squid-like profiles mostly. 

JM
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