Some disadvantages to using flashers are the heavier drag on your equipment. And the fact that flashers cannot be bent to make small adjustments like dodgers. Catching larger fish can stretch the action out of a flasher. Plus, because of its 360 degree rotation you sometimes can get some pretty hairy twist-ups and tangles. You may be able to correct this by making sure you have good ball bearing swivels at both ends of your flasher. If your line does not provide the resistance to make your swivels work, then your line will continue to twist-up.
The best way to avoid twist-ups is to add a heavier 2ft. long piece of monofilament in front of your flasher with ball bearings at either end.
Leader length for Flasher
There are a two rules to remember when selecting the correct leader length:
1. slower troll = shorter leader and faster troll = longer leader
2. action lures = longer leader and non-action lures = shorter leader
Recommended Leader Lengths
All leader lengths in this chart are a multiple of the dodger or flasher blade length.
Example 4X = 4 times blade length, if dodger is 10″ long then leader length would be 40″
|ACTION LURE||NON-ACTION LURE|
|1.5 – 2 KNOTS||2 – 4 X||2 – 4 X||1.5 – 2 X||2 – 2.5 X|
|2 – 2.5 KNOTS||2 – 5 X||3 – 5 X||2 – 3 X||2.5 – 3.5 X|
|2.5 -3 KNOTS||3 – 5 X||4 – 6 X||2 – 4 X||3 – 5 X|
|3 – 3.5 KNOTS||4 – 5 X||4 – 8 X||3 – 4 X||4 – 6 X|