Clarity is a good way to highlight how we associate fishing tackle to a lake.
We have clarity values for many waterbodies. These values come from a number of sources and collection techniques. We’ve attempted to create consistency across the state by state values on a scale of 0-10, with 0 being the most crystal-clear water on earth and 10 being a milkshake. We’ve matched those clarity values to a set of Omnia colors for hard and soft baits. For each product that goes into our inventory we record the manufacturer’s value and but also assign an Omnia color that most closely matches. This allows us to recommend a specific product color based on the clarity value of the waterbody. Keep in mind this is all based on a scale and is a moving target. Much of the color recommendation is based on a fish’s ability to see a bait. Too flashy in clear water might turn a fish off and not flashy enough in low visibility waters could be the different between a strike and getting skunked. Once we narrow down to a range it’s all about preference and confidence of the angler.
Clarity changes throughout the year – The clarity of a specific body of water changes over time and throughout the year during storm events or after the introduction of an invasive species. We attempt to recommend a spectrum of colors for the range of clarity conditions and let you choose from there. It’s really about narrowing down to a manageable selection when some manufacturers have over 50 different colors. You can always revert back to traditional shopping if you don’t see a color show up because we stock many more colors than you’ll see in the recommended list. We also allow you to have input in the clarity of the waterbody by indicating how clear the waterbody has been. If we have a clarity value already we’ll take your input into consideration. If we don’t have a clarity value this setting will impact your personal recommendation. Overtime we’ll take an average of user inputs to adjust our clarity value or assign a permanent one for a specific body of water.