I think that in clear water, it would shy the trout away.
Why? Trout hit neon color (bubblegum, rainbow, chartruese, fluorescent orange) powerbait just fine in clear water. I would think that something that smells great and gets your attention from quite a distance is just begging to be eaten. Just curious why you think this. Have you run across trout that shy away from brightly colored bait/lures in clear water?
yes i have. Most of them here in colorado do, and no one sure as hell catches them on powerbait, well, maybe the stockers. But wild, real, trout hate power bait and anything colored too strangely. The exception is in muddy water, when visibility is low, and they see something they hit it.