Every manufacturer of dodgers and flashers have their own recommendations for leader lengths between their dodger or flasher and bait. The length recommendations might need to be adjusted for many reasons:
- size of dodger or flasher
- trolling speed
- amount of underwater current
- size of leader material (pound test rating) We recommend using 40 pound test Ande Line.
- species of fish targeted
- time of year
In the picture above the letter "A" measures the length of the leader between the weight and the dodger or flasher. The letter "B" measures the length of the leader between the dodger or flasher and the trolling fly. Leader length recommendations for measurement "B" follow for the various types of dodgers and flashers:
Luhr Jensen Dodgers, Silver Horde Dodgers, Opti Dodgers, Bechhold Flashers, Fishcatcher Flashers, and Action Flashers:
- For Magnum Trolling flies the leader length is generally recommended to be between 2 to 3 times the length of the dodger.
- Coho prefer a slightly faster moving bait. The dodger length times 2 is recommended.
(example: size 0 dodger that is 8 inches long, leader length = 8 * 2.0 = 16 inches)
- Chinook or Kings prefer a slower moving bait. Increasing the length to 2.5 times dodger length is recommended.(example: size 0 dodger that is 8 inches long, leader length = 8 * 2.5 = 22 inches)
- Lake Trout prefer a slow moving bait. Increasing the length to 3 times dodger length is recommended.(example: size 0 dodger that is 8 inches long,
leader length = 8 * 3 = 24 inches)
Hotspot Flashers, Challenger Flashers, O'Ki Flashers and Luhr Jensen Coyote (Alaskan Eagle) Flashers:
For Chinook or Lake Trout:
26" - 36"
36" - 50"
22" - 30"
26" - 40"
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Wednesday, November 26, 2003