Probably, the earliest mention of the color purple in fly fishing and fly tying was the Starling and Purple Soft Hackle fly pattern. And, for sure, purple is probably a more popular tying color today than it has ever been in the past but, there is good reason purple tying materials should be used more frequently in the future than they are being used today. For more information, check out the link below:
I was reading over some old fishing logs the other day and I discovered something I had forgotten all about: At some point in the past, purely out of curiosity, I tied up some Hares Ear and Pheasant Tail Nymphs with Purple Marabou Tails, which probably just took up space in my fly box for at least a year or more as I did not have any confidence in their ability to catch fish. But, when I did finally try one on a bass pond, I found they did an uncommonly good job of catching bluegill and bass in the Foot Hill Ponds. And later on trout, including on golden trout in the High Lakes, they also caught fish like crazy. But for some reason I can not explain, I did not replace the flies as I lost them and there are no Purple Tailed Flies in my present carrying stock, which is an oversight I fully intend to correct in the not very distant future. After doing a little research, I found the above information and a possible reason for why those Purple Tailed Nymphs caught fish so well, they were very easy for the fish to see in clear water and the wiggly marabou action tails really caught the fish’s attention, so I thought I would pass it on to all of you here who are interested enough to read the information. 65 feet of Pulling Power is a Very Strong Advantage for Tenkara’s limited casting range, especially on lakes…Karl.