Rigging the ProChip 8 Flasher
Rigging The ProChip 8 Flashers with the Agitator Fin
The diagram shows a ProChip 8 rigged to a downrigger. The same type setup can be used with a drop sinker, a dipsey diver or a planer. This flasher has been endorsed by nearly every Charter Captain or Professional fisherman that has tried it. It is also a consistent derby winner.
To illustrate different rigging methods, we have selected several of the top salmon fishermen in North America to discuss how they rig and use the 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. 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 8 Flasher Rigging
Captain Pete Lahosky runs the Prime Time Fishing Team on Lake Ontario. He has won almost every major salmon derby on the Lake including the prestigious Challenge Cup. He has fished the ProChip 8 as his primary flasher for the last two seasons. One of his favorite setups is running the ProChip 8 eight feet behind a wire line dipsey diver. He runs a white and pearl fly 22 inches behind the flasher. His comments were, "The ProChip 8 just seemed to call kings to it. This rig outfished similar set-ups with everything else the same but the flasher by a 2:1 margin."
Captain Barry Canevaro Charters for salmon on the Pacific Ocean outside the San
Francisco Golden Gate. He is recognized as one of the top salmon producers in Northern
California. He runs the ProChip 8 in two different setups. Early in the season when the
salmon are actively feeding he will run the flasher on a downrigger. He runs it 25 feet
behind the downrigger cable with either a Pro-Troll Roto Chip bait holder rigged with an
anchovy or a hootchie. He uses a tail leader length of 36 inches. Late in the season when
the large spawners congregate outside the Golden Gate, he changes to a 1 1/2 lb. drop
sinker 30 inches in front of the flasher. He uses a 30 inch tail leader with an anchovy in the
Roto Chip. With this setup he will troll as slow as 1 MPH. His comments are, "I have never
seen any flasher catch fish like the ProChip 8. My preferred color is the glow in the dark
white. For the last two months of the season it caught more fish everyday than any other
setup on my boat. One of the reasons I feel it is so effective is that I can drop my trolling speed to as slow and 1 MPH and still get good flasher action. This gets the 30 to 40 lb. spawners that will not hit a fast trolled bait late in the season".
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