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Suggestions for Fishing Flashy Fish Lures

Yes, try them the way you fish other lures in your box, but these ideas may help.

1. Try not even using a flasher/dodger !  When I fish here in Utah, I just put the lure back 100′ to 150′ naked with nothing else. You can also try putting the lure the same length as the other rig on the other side of the boat but still run it naked.

The reason is… my lures have there own action,  and don’t need a dodger to give them action like when you troll squids & skirts.   Yes, a flasher/dodger can help draw in the fish, but when I fish for big lake trout & browns, I catch much bigger fish when I just use a small lure trolled naked back a long way, 200 ft. for browns.

2. I do use a flasher/dodger when fishing for kokanee & salmon most of the time, but still, don’t put your lure too close to the flasher or dodger.  48″ back is good.

3. The rigging is very important, what you want to do is tie on a Duo-Lock  # 2 snap with no swivel, with a Palomar knot.

Duo-Lock  snap with no swivel, some brands are better than others.

If your lure starts to spin or you get line twist, you will need to slow down, because you’re moving too fast.  Troll at 2.0 to 2.5 mph when not using a flasher/dodger & 1.5 to 2.25 mph when using a flasher or dodger.

4.  Big Lake trout & Browns like to hug the bottom, so fish as close to the bottom as you dare for them.  At Flaming Gorge I put my Down-Rigger balls bouncing across the bottom.

5. For fishingFlaming Gorge read my blog post Catching Big Lake Trout at Flaming Gorge Is As Easy As 1, 2, 3!

6.  See how we use the lures in this video: