Carp on the fly godfather John Montana, has recently been discussing with Wendy Berrell and I the merits of fly pattern coloration and its impact on our angling successes. They have traditionally fished a lot of olives, and in recent years have been switching over to the orange spectrum, specifically, using different variation of browns and oranges. John even is dabbling in the dark art of black with his montana carrot.
I've personally found success using reds, oranges and browns over the past few seasons, and it is apparent in the patterns I tie and fish. From the buffalo soljah, to the roughfisher swimming nymph, to the recent addition of the Lucille and Rotten. These auburn colored flies have proven to be more effective on the water than their olive colored brethren. About the only green patterns that can hold a candle to the pumpkin clan are the brighter green caddis patterns, like the sparkle yarn nymph. And of course, you've all recently witnessed the sheer deadliness of the all black; the Men In Black.
I'm a firm believer that fish key in on the silhouette of a pattern over color any day, especially during turbid or low light conditions. Here are a few redheads and some tungsten laced beauties for ya: