Rigging the ProChip 11 Flasher
The ProChip 8 and ProChip 11 flashers may represent the most significant flasher
development in decades. The spin and kick design combined with the EChip is outfishing
everything on the market. It's big advantage is the action provided by the diagonal
kicker fin on the back and its electronic EChip attractor. Equally important are the
brass grommets, welded rings and stainless steel swivels as they provide a smooth bearing
point that allows the Pro-Chip flasher to rotate very easily at slow speeds.
They have several rigging advantages. (1) They can be fished very effectively with a variety of setups including downriggers, 2 or 3 lb. drop sinkers, dipsey divers or other planers. (2) The front leader length can be as short as 4 feet and still get an effective tail kick which attracts salmon and gives lots of action to the bait, hootchie or fly at the back. (3) It can be trolled as slow as 1 MPH and still provide a strong tail kick. This is a big advantage when fishing for mature salmon that will not hit a fast moving bait or lure. Conventional flashers must be trolled at 2 MPH or more to get a good tail kick.
NOTE: The fin is at the back end of the flasher
Typical ProChip 11 Flasher Rigging Diagrams
The Pro-Troll ProChip 11 flasher is highly effective in catching salmon in the Columbia River. The above diagram shows a typical rigging setup.
This rig works best when trolled in the direction the river is flowing. In the tide water section of the river, it is typically trolled in the same direction as the tide is flowing. When fished in the upper sections of rivers, it works best when “forward trolled” downstream in the same direction as the river is flowing. However, if you prefer, it can be back trolled as well. (This is when the bow of the boat is pointed upstream and you slowly back the boat down the river). It is effective when trolled as slow as 1 mph or as fast as 4 mph. Most fishermen troll at a speed where their rod tip pulses one time per second.
Pro-Staff Dan Sullivan
Tip: Large Chinook salmon that are getting ready to enter a river to spawn, frequently stay offshore and mill around for a month or so. At that point, they get very lazy and will not hit a fast-trolled bait or lure. The Pro-chip 11 flasher will still rotate and kick at 1.5 miles per hour. Troll it slow under these conditions and you may catch a trophy.
Great Lakes rigging techniques
courtesy of Capt. Ernie Lantiegne
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