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Thread: Eye color on poppers and streamers

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Seymour, TN

    Default Eye color on poppers and streamers

    I'm not sure how many of you tie bigger flies with stickon eyes or painted lead dumbell eyes. I was wondering if you have better luck with one color over the other? Red, Yellow, Chartruse, Black and white? I know that in nature that Red is considered a sign of weakness to predators. Bulls, charge a matadors red cape, and some fish develope spots towards their tails to confuse predators as to their direction of travel. (example- Redfish) Even on hard bait tackle , a red spot is added to simulate blood. I have been experimenting with different eye colors on the same fly pattern and have not made any conclusions as of yet. Most topwater poppers commercially tied have eyes so far up on the cork, that a fish would never see them anyways. Do you think any of this matters to the fish or is it just a marketing way to sell more tackle?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Aurora, Indiana

    Default Bait Eyes

    I have also experimented with many different eye colors and patterns. I have experienced very good success with most of them. There doesn't seem to be a secret color of type though. I use lead eyes (yellow, red, and black). It seems that the color of the body is more important. I do think that fish tend to strike at baits with eyes more readily. I was fishing on the Cumberland last year using streamers. The fish were biting on olive colors. I lost several and only had some small #8 olives with bead-chain eyes. I started catching more fish and bigger fish with this streamer. My opinion after using all types is to use some type of eyes. The weight of the eyes are important to get the bait to the right depth.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2006
    Knoxville, TN


    I like to use red eyes for the reasons that you mentioned. In reality I think that the eyes are there more for the fisherman than the fish.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Maryville, Tennessee


    I think it is all in the presentation. I also believe that eyes couldn't hurt. It usually tends to be weight and how easy it is to apply that make the decision for me.

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