Many years ago, plastic worms came in just two colors. Anglers would fish purple worms in clear water, or black in darker waters and at night. Then you would find the same colors with a red tail. We had to try those!
Tom Mann introduced worm colors inspired by food. A flood of new colors like “Scuppernong”, “Appleseed”, “Strawberry” and many more followed suit.
Culprit Worms started the first laminated colors. This series started with “Black Shad”, “Red Shad”, and the “Blue Shad”. The next thing you know; there were at least 30 new colors from which to choose.
Even Road Runners were pretty much just four colors in the sixties. There was white, white with a fluorescent red head, yellow, and black. White was a good color for clear waters. Yellow and black colors were the best for dark or dingy conditions.
Then someone came up with this new color called “chartreuse”. The yellow Road Runners began their migration to old tackle boxes and even garage sales.
The nineties began the trend of “color names”. There were so many colors and color numbers for anglers to remember. Color names just made sense and I was all too happy to help. If you have ever used “Electric Chicken”, “Space Guppy”, or “Martian Minnow”, you can blame me.
However, I digress. If Bass live an average of sixteen years and Crappie live an average of eight years, then how many colors have they seen? If their memory is about three days long, why do we abandon great colors like black worms or yellow Road Runners?
I challenge you to try a classic color soon. You will be pleasantly surprised.