Line and Lure Colors: How They Impact Your Fishing Success

Sportfishing is not just another pastime activity in America. According to the latest reports by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), more than 49 million people dabble in recreational fishing. This number is higher than outdoor activities like bowling, basketball, softball, softball, skiing, and snowboarding.

Whether young or old, male or female; recreational fishing is enjoyed by people from every walk of life. Some like to escape their hectic routine and others wish to experience the thrill of catching the biggest bite of the season.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that sportfishing is one of the top favorite American pastime enjoyed by expert anglers and amateur fishers alike.

In order to guarantee a successful catch every time you go fishing, you must understand the importance of the color of fishing lines and lures and how it impacts your fishing.

Can Fish See Colors?

Simply put, yes, fish can see color. While some fish see color better than others, the ability to distinguish between different colors and light intensity depends on the fish species.

By biological design, all fish have 2 types of cells in their eyes, cones, and rods, which give them the ability to perceive colors.

Certain freshwater species have more cone preceptors that make it easy for them to distinguish colors during the daylight. On the other hand, night dwellers have better rod preceptors that make it easy for them to navigate in the dark.

How Light Affects Colors In Water

The reflection of light on the surface of the water along with the depth and conditions of the water affects the fish’s ability to process color.

Red and orange colors have longer wavelengths compared to blues and purple colors and as such, they’re easily absorbed in clear water.

It’s recommended to use red fishing lines for shallow water fishing and use darker violet colors for fishing in deeper waters.

Furthermore, weather also plays a role in making the color disappear in the water. A sunny day will reflect more light and ensure a higher rate of color penetration. It’ll attract more fish as the colored fishing line will disappear in the water body.

Be Invisible with the Right Fishing Line Color

Packing your gearbox with colored fishing lines is important as each colored line plays a role in attracting fish under different weather and water conditions.

Fluorocarbon lines are a strong and sturdy fishing line that offers high resistance to abrasion and a low stretch. The fluorescent and pink versions of the fishing line are popular as they become virtually invisible in water.

On the other hand, monofilament lines are available in a variety of red, yellow, and green colors. Each unique color is perfect for certain conditions like yellow-colored lines are easy to detect on the surface by the angler, yet they disappear under dirty water.

Red-colored lines become invisible underwater, yet are easy to detect by the angler casting the line.

Green-colored lines disappear and camouflage with the vegetation underwater and are a great option for fishing in different water conditions.

Lure Selection – Match Colors to Water Conditions

While our goal with fishing line colors is to make them invisible to the fish, lure colors need to be detectable to attract more fish.

For shallow and clear waters, bright red and orange fishing lures and baits are ideal to catch fish. However, the deeper you go; darker lures will work best to attract more fish.

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