|Warm water species like this walleye are very attracted to flash in the water. |
Captain Jake caught this nice eye trolling a Fish Flash attached direct to the
back of an Off Shore Tackle Tadpole Diver. By simply adding a six foot leader
this rig can be used to fish spinners, spoons and shallow diving crankbaits for
walleye.Flash is a powerful fish attractant. A host of lures depend heavily on
flash to lure in fish including crankbaits, spoons, spinners and even attractor
style jigs get in on the act.
When game fish see these strobes of light it’s like the dinner bell is ringing! Because flash penetrates the water almost as well as sound, lots of fish species depend heavily on this visual stimulant to find food. Bass, walleye, trout, salmon, pike, musky and even panfish species like crappie are helplessly attracted to flash in the water.
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
Flash helps us catch fish, but too much of a good thing can be a problem. In clear water, flash travels a tremendous distance pulling fish in like moths to the flame. This is a good thing, but in very clear water the flashes of light can become overpowering.
The lesson here is that flash works to attract fish, but sometimes we have to use this power in moderation. A number of steps can be taken to tone down the amount of flash an attractor puts out.
The obvious first step is to use smaller attractors in clear water and larger ones in stained to dirty water conditions. A good second option is to incorporate a longer distance between the flasher and the actual bait.
Pictured here a Big Al Fish Flash is rigged about five feet in front of a
Mag Lip crankbait. Flash can be used to attract not only trout and salmon,
but warm water species like walleye, pike, musky and even crappie.
Experimenting with the color of the flasher is another good option. It’s amazing how often I’ve noticed that one particular color or finish on a flasher or other attractor produces better in certain water and light conditions than others. The only way to figure out this delicate balance is to experiment regularly with flasher color until something that works emerges.
Fortunately, flasher style attractors come in almost every color and finish combination imaginable.
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Traditional flasher style attractors are normally rigged in-line a few feet in front of the bait or lure. Dodgers, rotating paddles and lake trolls are normally rigged this way.
Some of the newer attractors on the market can actually be rigged in some rather ingenious ways. The Fish Flash by Yakima can be rigged in-line like traditional attractors or they can be rigged directly to directional divers including the popular Dipsy, Disco Diver and Slide-Diver. Because these flashers spin on their own axis they create next to zero resistance in the water. Fish flash can be fished in combination with divers and not influence the diving depth of the device significantly.
A rare catch in the Great Lakes, this Atlantic Salmon fell to a Mag Lip
crankbait fished behind a Yakima Fish Flash. In clear water flashers like the
Fish Flash work best when rigged five to seven feet ahead of lures and baits.
SUMMING IT UP
Flash is a powerful tool for attracting a host of fish species. Trout and salmon anglers have been using flash to improve their catch rates for decades, but attractors like the Big Al Fish Flash from Yakima can also be used to catch walleye, pike, musky and even panfish like crappie. For those who understand the value of flash as a fish attractant and how to get the most from this tool, fishing is an open book.