SD10 Outdoor Education Documentary

The Outdoor Education program at Nakusp Secondary School is responsible for the design, manufacturing, and marketing of the Tri-Flasher. The Tri-Flasher project is just one of the many interesting features of this unique program.

Nestled in the West Kootenay’s of beautiful British Columbia. Nakusp Secondary School’s Outdoor Education program offers students a unique experience. The goal is to teach students how to safely enjoy our great outdoors.  Students get real life experience in survival, firearms/hunting, boating, avalanche awareness, ATV safety and more. Senior students graduate with many nationally and provincially recognized certificates including, Ground search and rescue (GSAR), CORE – BC Hunter Training, WHIMIS – workplace hazardous materials system, OSSA, food safe, first aid, traffic control and more.

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Here is what others are saying about the Tri-Flasher




Have a Tri-Flasher fishing story? Have a not-so-secret tip you want to share with other users? Want to tell others how great the Tri-Flasher is? Leave a comment here.

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Hints & Tips

Here are a few hints and tips to help get the most from your Tri-Flasher.

  1. Use a good quality bead chain to theTri-Flasher from the ball.
  2. Attach theTri-Flasher to the fin of the down rigger ball. If the ball is a round ball with no fin then drill an eye bolt to the center of the ball and attach the flasher there. Try not to attach the flasher to the cable where the ball is attached to the cable.Chain
  3. For really dramatic flashing to trailing fish use a flat ball and bend the blade slightly away from the boat and the ball will track away out from the boat and it will “swim” through the water.Ball Top
  4. Stack the main line with the lure or bait at the same distance or higher than the length of the leader on the stacking clip. Good lengths for stacking clips are 12”-24” and then stack the clip the same distance above the ball.Stack
  5. Keep the motion of the boat moving forward (1 mph minimum) while the flasher is in the water to keep the stacked line from falling down into the Tri-Flasher. If using a HP down rigger then keep the boat moving forward at trolling speed while bringing up the ball.
  6. Attach a perforated scent container to the end of the center blade loaded with scent or a small sponge loaded in scent to attract fish. The Tri-Flasher with disperse the scent exceptionally well for you. It is not a great idea to add scents to painted plugs or sticker tapes because after a while effect the finish.
  7. Distance to put your lure behind the Tri-Flasher is an individual choice depending on the targeted species of fish you are after. A good rule of thumb is in clear water stack two feet above the ball and a longer distance behind the Tri-Flasher. I use 10-20, even 30 feet behind the ball. On days when the water is murky you can stacked the bait two feet above and two feet behind the Tri-Flasher. Fish scale blades work well on clear water, bright days and on ice scale on darker days and murky water.
  8. A common question is will the Tri-Flasher pull the ball farther back behind the boat than normal and it does not. I use 13-15 pound flat balls in the ocean and 10-12 pound flat balls in fresh water lakes. I prefer the flat balls as they swim through the water column and I have not had then tangle when crossing tidal currents.
  9. Try to match the colour of the blades to the targeted fish for that time of year. For example, spring salmon have gold hugh on the lateral scales in July to September, so use gold/yellow end blades with a blue or green center blade combination. Coho, use all blue blades, etc.
  10. Use the Tri-Flasher for halibut and bottom fish. Troll it 5 to 10 feet from the bottom. We catch most of our halibut this way and pick up the occasional spring at the same time. The Tri-Flasher is changing the way we fish halibut on the west coast!
  11. Sockeye (Kokanee too) like to swim with a school of fish. So use a Tri-Flasher on each side of the boat to make a school of fish and do not bring up both flashers at the same time or you might lose the following school of fish. Change the lines one at a time keeping one Tri-Flasher in the water.
  12. Just a note on UV. We are investigating the science behind UV reflectors and currently we found that colours like chartreuse, yellow, gold and bright greens reflect UV light the best and the deepest.


If you have a tip to share with our readers we would love to hear from you. Please fill out a contact request and we will add it as soon as possible.

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Our Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors!

If you are interested in sponsoring our Outdoor Education class, or our Tri-Flasher program please fill out a contact request.



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Nakusp Secondary School is located in beautiful Nakusp,BC. This is an ideal location for outdoor pursuits. Outdoor Education is an ideal companion for this magnificent rural setting.


Dorian Boswell

Box 249
619 4th Street
Nakusp, British Columbia
V0G 1R0

Telephone: 250-265-3638   Extension 3908
Fax: 250-265-4616



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Vancouver International Boat Show

Nakusp Secondary Students at the Vancouver International Boat Show
Nakusp Secondary Students at the Vancouver International Boat Show


Students from Nakusp Secondary School man a booth at the Vancouver International Boat Show. Students at Nakusp Secondary School are attending the show to market their Tri-Flasher fishing flasher. The students are part of the Outdoor Education program at the high school.

Students were in charge of all aspects of attending the show from registering for the show, designing and construction of the booth, press releases, promotional materials, logistics, and of course the manufacturing of the flashers.

The students are also manning a booth to promote tourism in the Arrow Lakes region, and running the fishing pond at the show.

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Product Catalog

Tri-Flasher flashers come with a center and your choice of fin colours. Fins are easily interchangeable to adapt to any fishing conditions.

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Tri-Flashers are now made with Lexan, stronger and more durable than plexiglass. You can browse our product catalog to view colour options. Tri-Flashers can be found at these and other fine retailers:

Kaslo Woodbury Resort
4112 Highway 31
Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0
Balfour Gill & Gift
4-450 Ferry Landing Rd.
Balfour, BC V0G 1C0
Castlegar Sports Centre & Fly Shop
1951a Columbia Ave.
Castlegar, BC V1N 2W8
Riverside Fly & Tackle
2847 Shaughnessy St.
Port Coquitlam, BC V3H 3H1
Kenkraft Sales
7029 Highway 6
Vernon, BC V1B 3H1
Powell River Outdoors
4468 Marine Ave.
Powell River, BC V8A 2K2
The Harbour Chandler Ltd
52 Esplanade
Nanaimo, BC V9R 4Y7
Nakusp General Store
302 Broadway
Nakusp, BC V0G 1R0
 Nakusp Esso
1101 Highway 23
Nakusp, BC V0G 1R0
Island Outfitters
3319 Douglas St.
Victoria, BC V8Z 3L2
 Stillwater Sports
4849 Delta St.
Ladner, BC V4K 2T9

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The Tri-Flasher is a unique fishing flasher that will change the fishing industry.  The flasher’s rotation remains constant even when the speed of the boat changes. Its unique action provides plenty of trailing flash. “Out flash, Out fish, Out catch at any speed”. See theTri-Flasher in action.

Tri-Flasher is manufactured and marketed by students in Nakusp Secondary School’s Outdoor Education program. All proceeds from the sale of these flashers go to benefit the Outdoor Education program. Read more about this amazing success story.

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