Here are a few hints and tips to help get the most from your Tri-Flasher.
- Use a good quality bead chain to theTri-Flasher from the ball.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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