When I started steelhead fishing a couple years ago a friend gave me some of their extra rubber/plastic baits. I got a bag of pink and bubble-gum worms in 4-6 inch sizes, some Jensen eggs in the standard orange color, some orange gooey-bobs, etc. However this supply is running low and the other day I was in the tackle shop looking at the diffent colors of rubber worms, jensen eggs, etc. Wow the variety!
I was tempted to buy the standard pink worms and orange Jensen eggs, but the other colors looked too cool to pass up! However the choice of colors was a bit overwhelming...
My question is...under what water conditions would you fish a different color of worm or other plastic bait? I always thought the more colored water the brighter a bait one would want to use, but according to some of my online research, darker colors like black/purple, or a contrasting color like white actually is more visible to fish under such conditions than a brigher color like pink or orange.
So far the rules of thumb I follow with my plastic baits are: murky water I'll use a 6" pink worm. Water with better clarity I'll go with a 4" pink worm. If the water is clear I'll fish a Jensen egg in a natural color.
Of course I do not just fish plastic bait for steelhead. I also occasionally fish bait, spinners, spoons, jigs, etc. I just have not had a lot of luck with plastic baits and think I could learn a thing or two about which color works best under certain water conditions.
Mad River makes a lot of cool worms and eggs in a wide variety of colors. Before I drop $25-$50 on a variey of plastic worms and eggs, I would like to be more aware of what type of water the different colors are best fished in. I could just stick with good old pink worms and orange Jensen eggs, which I've done alright on, but having seen all the cool different colors I must try at least a few different varities. So, are the different colors designed to catch fish, or to catch fishermen???