Re: NANFA-- Odd breeding colors on a rainbow darter

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 12 Oct 2000 18:12:55 EDT

Strangely enough, pink (at least light pink) would be a good choice for a
net color. Reds in general are not too visible underwater. An optical
property of water is to absorb light in the red end of the visible light
spectrum. That's why some monofilament for fishing is a light pink color.
And if you're netting darters you're trying to snag them before they realize
the net is upon them, and flee.

--Bruce "Darter Boy" Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

>Subject: Re: NANFA-- Odd breeding colors on a rainbow darter
>Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 18:02:45 EDT
> I have noticed a very slight coloration like the one you described,
>only around the lateral area close to the gill slits. Its only noticeable
>after observed very carefuly, though. But do you know the spwning methos of
>blacksides? This is way off topic, but do you know if it will make a
>difference if the netting color for a dip net used in riffles will scare
>the darters out of the net quicker? The only color netting available was
>fabric from a craft store, lol.

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