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Thread: The color Purple

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Sevierville TN

    Default The color Purple

    Really stepping out of my comfort zone this year when it comes to nymph patterns; all this "ice dub" stuff and UV seems to be all the rage so I'm having a great deal of fun in my "new" fly tying room... OUTDOORS.

    So doing a bit of googling and find many western fly rodders are using the color purple with great success whether it be micro midges or size 14 agaptations of pheasant tails & hare's ear "style" nymphs.

    So my fingers are pretty cold right now after tying eight purple nymphs that will either be awesome or a bust....

    Anyone had any luck with Purple? Especially the Ice Dub purple or what they call "Dun"?

    I'm also tying these with holographic strip "wings" in lieu of the customary wing case as this seems to be all the rage and adding some orange/red UV thread on the head. These are LEAD WEIGHTED (so hate me) and have no beads.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Crossville, TN


    Try a purple and partridge soft hackle on your favorite tailwater...
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2010


    I have been using purple since I was introduced to the Purple Have dry fly which is very popular on the Big Hole. I tye all types of dry's, wet's and emerger's with it.
    An interesting thing I found during the years is that purple has been a been a color of choice since since about the 1600's. These would be flies tyed for the chalk streams of Great Brittan.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Piedmont of NC

    Default purple

    I've tied some dry flies using peacock herl dyed purple, for the thorax.
    Will be giving them a try this spring.

    Hal M

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    NW TN


    From my bass fishing experience, purple has always been a productive color. Junebug (purple with green sparkle) was especially productive. Maybe someone more scientific than I could give a better opinion but maybe that color is seen better underwater or through the eyes of our fishy friends. I have some junebug bass skirt material, I may have to add that as legs to some nymph patterns and see what the bluegill think.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Hillbilly Hollow, NC


    Simple Starling and purple soft hackles work well. I like purple silk for the body. I have also been using some midge patterns with purple ice dubbing and a few CDC fibers for the wing with goodresults.
    Last edited by flyman; 03-02-2013 at 02:04 AM. Reason: 42
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2011


    Flyman, you tie pretty good for somebody of your advanced age. Why haven't you showed me that fly? I am available for field testing.

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