Across the West, the color purple has certainly been the popular tendency of many fly anglers. Dries, Nymphs, Streamers, you name it. Some say the colors on the spectrum around bluish/purple are the last to lose their color at depth. Some say it’s just something new the fish haven’t seen. Some say it’s just a fad. Who knows? What do you think? The fact is: these flies work and especially at times when nothing else will.
Purple Prince and Psycho Prince patters in 12-18 have been very productive on our areas waters. Ice Dub is perfect for that. We’ve just brought in “wine” copper wire. It’s not called “purple,” but it is to my eye. Try a Copper John or Brassie (great for winter Animas fishing). Drop one of those patterns behind a hopper. Heck, even put a purple sharpie to that tan hopper. That’s a great trick for easily making you’re fly your own.
With the summer of purple coming to a close, there is certainly no need to put away the purple stuff. Fall is BWO and streamer time. Purple Parachute Adams (aka Purple Haze) and Cripple patters are perfect for imitating the BWO. Purple 70-Denier UTC is ideal for thread bodies; very flat and subtle shine. Purple Sculpin Wool, Krystal Flash, Rabbit strips and Icelandic Sheep Hair are all great streamer fodder. Stop by the shop for all the right materials and advise. Tight Lines!
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