Last time I said we would deal witl alpine lake trout food forms next, but before we go there we have some more basic considertations to deal with first. Probably the most important of which is the water, itself, that fills the high lakes and the trout live in there. You see, water is not the perfectly clear medium that the air we live in is. And water transmitts color and light very differently than the air does. Most anglers assume that the trout see things pretty much in the same way that we do, which is far and away from the way things really play out in the aquatic world of the trout. I am going to give you a link to an article published by Mepps Lure Company, on their spinning lure Color Technology. Although the article does not directly relate to fly pattern color or different colored fly tying materials, whether you buy or tie your own flies, the principles and concepts presented are just as applicable to fly fishing as they are to lure fishing.

Please pay particular attention to which metal finish colors and spinner blade colors consistently show up the best under all 3 of the primary water color conditions shown. While the flies we carry do not weigh much all by themselves, the weight and bulk of the fly boxes we carry ouy flies in can add up to a lot of weight and bulk. It behoves a backpacking fly fisherman to have a selection of fly patterns that will be the most visible to the trout under the broadest range of conditionds. For sure, read the commentary. But studying the different water color and lure visibility conditions is the most important thing to do and will help you get the most out of reading this article. Enjoy, here is the link: