The Slick Gold Minnow and Slick Blue Minnow colors of the Rebel Tracdown Minnow aren’t exact replications of any one forage fish species. However, both feature color schemes that suggest many different things that predator fish like trout and bass commonly eat.

Slick Gold Minnow has gold sides with a black back and an orange belly, suggesting various dark-toned smaller fish, including some shiners, darters and sculpins, and even offering a decent crawfish imitation. Slick Blue Minnow has a blue back, silver sides and the same orange belly, and resembles various silvery minnows, chubs, shad and herring. Both also send out a lot of flash, helping fish find them and triggering strikes.

To feeding fish, these two colors generally say “dinner,” and together they provide fishermen a fabulous 1-2 punch for a variety of conditions. Considering a few variables can help you determine which of these two popular colors is the most likely to produce any given day.

Prevalent seasonal forage, if known, is an obvious starting point. If golden shiners or crawfish are the primary forage in a stream, Slick Gold Minnow probably offers a better starting point than Slick Blue Minnow. The opposite is likely if you know a stream is loaded with small, silver-sided chubs.

Water color and weather can also play a part. As a general rule, Slick Gold Minnow produces better on dark days and in darker water, while silver tends to produce best with bright skies and in clear water.

Of course, silver forage, clear water and bright skies don’t always go together, and fish don’t always follow the rules. Start with what seems like it should work best, but experiment if the fish don’t bite like you think they should. They’ll let you what they like.