August 25, 2015
It has been said you need only need two colors of jigs – blacks and browns – in your tackle box. This may be a true statement. Black and blue/green pumpkin jigs catch fish all over North America. Black and blue is a great color for stained water or in lowlight conditions. Green pumpkin is a great choice for clear water conditions, or bright sunny days.
With that being said, there are colors that work well regionally that should not be overlooked. Here in the midwest, Missouri craw and peanut butter and jelly (PBJ) are colors that will outfish black and blue or green pumpkin on certain days. There's also something to be said about having white swim jigs when you're trying to imitate shad more so than crawfish.
Either way, I'm of the persuasion that there is no reason to have 20 different colors of jigs in your tackle box. Black and blue, green pumpkin, white, and a small selection that is proven to work in your region should be the only four colors you ever need. When it comes to jig color, keep it simple. You should be more concerned about having a wide variety of jig heads, not colors.