What color is the last rainbow that you looked at? Seriously, the
color of CRAWS in the springtime vary so widely from lake to lake,
and even from different sections in the same lake, that it's impossible
to honestly answer.
Fly fishermen have an old saying that holds true here! "MATCH THE
HATCH"! Don't look at the color of the craws at any local baitstore,
and expect very much help either. Most craws soon after capture,
change their color, much like a chameleon can, to match their surroundings.
Your best bet for an honest answer that you can see for yourself:
turn over a few rocks near where you'll be fishing. Then; "match
the hatch"! (Just to give you an example of what that could mean:
I only carry twenty-two colors of craws, in two different sizes,
in my own bag!)
Crawfish change color depending upon their surroundings.
In clearwater situations, you should try to match the color of the
gravel and bottom. Grey, brown and green are common.
In muddy water, black, dark green and dark brown are more likely
Remember that Crawfish have an underbelly that cannot be altered
by it's surroundings. Often the bellies are white or orange in
Do not be afraid to experiment with different colors until you
find one that the fish like.
This is a very good question! Most people don't realize that crawfish
change color year round. There are also variations of the color
change in different areas of the country.
They change color with the different phases of the moon. The
colors can include but are not limited to, gray, blue gray, brown,
green brown, orange brown. The best way to detect the current
color is actually catching or finding live crawfish.
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