Slightly discolored water which we have had often so far this year presents a problem when we flyfish nymphs and streamers for bass. The visibility the fish have of our flies are limited in these conditions. The way I solve this problem is to rely on the advice the late Vince Marinaro gave me many years ago. Vince was a special friend and I have never found one of his theories to be wrong.
Vince suggested going to dark color flies when flyfishing discolored water because the fish could see these best due to their color contrast in the stream. For this reason my four favorite smallmouth flies for discolored water are the Murray’s Skunk Road Kill Nymph 6, Murray’s Heavy Black Hellgrammite 4, Murray’s Black Madtom 6 and Murray’s Magnum Darter Streamer 4.