I don’t know why they work so well, but purple flies seem to catch the fish’s attention.
What really made me a believer is the biggest rainbow trout I’ve ever seen on the Metolius River was caught on a size 16 Purple Haze. That was a few years ago. I taped it at 26 1/2″. And no, I didn’t catch it. A friend of mine did…on 6x tippet! Had to tail it like a steelhead because it didn’t fit in my net. It was incredible…the fight and the fish!
Haven’t seen one that size since.
Does this fly look familiar? It’s just a Parachute Adams with a purple body.
Purple Sparkle Dun
And how about steelhead flies?
Well, the color purple is incorporated on many popular and successful steelhead fly patterns. Here are a few of my favorites.
Jeff Perin was kind enough to show me this Guide Fly.
These flies are memorable to me. I remember fish I’ve caught with them.
Lastly, here is a Bull Trout I caught with a few weeks ago.
Metolius Bull Trout
It took a String Leech.
So why do purple flies work?
I have no idea.
It was enjoyable compiling flies for this post. It brought back some good memories.
Better go make some more…