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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What types of fish will Dee's Diamond Flashers catch?
    Answer:
    A Dee's Diamond Flasher will work for ANY species of fish targeted by trolling -- successfully trolling for fish, SALMON, TROUT, KING, COHO, KOKANEE, STRIPERS, RAINBOW, BROWN, LAKE, CUTTHROAT, MACKINAW, MUSKIE, WALLEYE, and warm water fish such as SMALL MOUTH BASS, SAILFISH, DORADO and TUNA. They are successful for Pacific Rock Fish, and even a Pacific Halibut was landed using a Dee's Flasher (7/05 Rocky Dean fisherman).

  2. How can I get more action out of my flies behind the Dee's fishing flasher?
    Answer:
    We have experimented with offset holes for the duo-lock snap swivels and have found that with any leader over about 12 inches long the wobble induced by the offset disappears. So, while you can't get more action out of your fly, the good news based on feedback from the Great Lakes area is that the fish will hit flies pulled behind the Dee's flashers as well or better than anything else on the market. The secret is the flash and sound working together with the color of the fly to induce the strike.

  3. Can I use a Dee's fishing flasher for Walleye fishing?
    Answer:
    YES! Dee's fishing lures are an excellent lure for Walleye. The compound breaks on the wings of the fishing flasher allow it to spin while trolling at a very slow speed creating the ultimate flash and the sound of feeding baitfish. The Duo-Lock Ball-Bearing swivels resist fouling better than Bead Chain when you are fishing around weed beds or fishing in dirty water.

  4. What type of lures work best behind the Dee's fishing flasher?
    Answer:
    The fishing flasher was originally designed to use while trolling for fish with Cut-Plug Baits. However, it has proven equally compatible with all types of hard and soft baits and lures. Some examples are the Apex, Coyote, Rapala, Kwik-Fish (see note at the end), Rooster-tails, Bang-tails, Blue Foxes, Hoochies, Tuna Jigs and the like. Soft baits include Herring (Alewives), Anchovies, Sardines, Smelt (Grunion), Shad and Roe. There really is no limit to what you can pull behind them. IF YOU TROLL IT, YOU CAN TROLL IT BEHIND A DEE'S! Note: The K-15 and 16 size Kwik-Fish and their clones will pull the flasher under between six-eight feet in moving water. For back trolling applications in shallower water you should not need any additional weight.

  5. Do Dee's Fishing Flashers still work if the Sound Circle is ruptured?
    Answer:
    YES! On occasion the Sound Circle will get punctured by underwater debris, or the teeth of a fish hitting the fishing lure. There are two options at that point: One is to cut the material out and use the flasher with the empty hole. There are a number of fishermen who do that with the lures new out of the package--they like the way it works without the Mylar. The second option is to let the Mylar hang loose in the hole. There are a number of fishermen who cut an "X" in the Mylar of the lure new out of the package to purposely create a little different sound then when it is tight in the hole.

  6. How do I rig Dee's Fishing Flasher to catch fish?
    Answer:
    Simple Answer: The little end points toward the rod. With Dee's Diamond Flasher, there really is no "set way" to run them when trolling for fish. They can be hooked directly to a diver, lead or behind a down wire, or run with some space in front of them. Leader lengths vary depending on who you talk to. Simplest: cut the knots in whatever dodger or flasher you are using and re-tie a Dee's Flasher in its place. Remember that Dee's track better than a dodger or big flasher so if you run two different kinds close together they can tangle each other when you turn. A big advantage to the Dee's Flasher is that they do not need leader in front of them for them work properly.

    The Double Dee's work the same way-- you just have more options. You can run them one at a time or use the wire and run them together. Either flasher in front is fine. They spin opposite directions and the dynamic of them together causes one to turn at a different speed than the other. My experience and research shows that the red catches more fish every year than any other color. However when the greens, pinks, chartreuse, or orange is hot you can't beat them. I always have a red one out, even if I am running three or four of another color, simply because the red is a more steady producer of fish.

    If you have questions or are looking at an unconventional use, e-mail us at Ask the Prostaff and we will help you get started.

  7. More ways to fish Dee’s Diamond Flashers (Package Instructions) :

    1) With Spreaders
    A) From spreader bead chain to Dee’s Flasher ball bearing swivel on the small end of the flasher run a 12 – 24 inch leader.
    B) From the ball bearing swivel on the large end run 60-72 inches of leader to bait, plug, or spinner. From the bottom T of the spreader run 8-16 inches of leader to the sinker. This should be ½ the lb-test of main line or leader.
    2) Down Riggers
    A) From Down Rigger line attachment run the Dee’s Flasher 6-10 feet back, small end forward. From the large end swivel run bait, plug or spinner 60-72 inches back. (Some will run bait 18-30 inches).
    3) Divers
    A) Run the Dee’s Flasher 24 inches back from the diver. Rig bait as above. Exception: Dipsy Divers. Run Flasher up to 5 feet to eliminate uneven performance.
    4) Banana Sinkers
    A) From swivel or bead chain equipped sinker run 24 inches to Flasher. Rig Bait as above.
    5) Large Flat Fish (K-15 &16 size) And Plugs
    A) Run plug 28-42 inches behind flasher. At slow speeds or anchored in current, plug will pull Mini Flasher down approx 5-8 feet.
    B) For more depth attach sliding bullet type sinker with a bead between sinker and knot in front of Flasher. Tune your plug with Flasher on.
    LEADERS: We recommend fluorocarbon leaders when fishing near the bottom. They help float the bait. Generally keep your leaders 60-72 inches behind the flasher. Less visibility, less leader. Note: if you have a long distance between your weight/diver and the flasher, netting large fish can be problematic with long leaders. Keep Flasher close to weights and divers.
    Saltwater: Rinse Dee’s Flashers and swivels in fresh water after use in saltwater.

    If you have questions or are looking at an unconventional use, e-mail us at Ask the Prostaff and we will help you get started.

  8. How do I tune the Dee's Fishing Flasher?
    Answer:
    There really is not much you can or should do. The size and angle of the wings are matched to the size of the body to produce a fish-getting-roll and the ultimate amount of flash. Also the Mylar is stretched as much as the material will allow to generate maximum baitfish noise. Any additional stretching will result in a weakened Sound Circle and possible breakage. However, do be sure to tune your plugs, but make sure that you do it with both the plug and flasher in the water. The flasher should not affect the action of the plug, but it is a good habit to practice whenever trolling for fish.

  9. Where can I find Dee's Fishing Flashers?
    Answer:
    Dee's Diamond Flashers are available at many fine sporting goods stores and tackle stores. If your local tackle store or sporting goods store is out of stock please ask for them. If they don't yet carry them have the store contact us and we will be happy to add them to our retail store family. We also have a link that lists some of our retail carriers. (If you are a retail carrier and would like to be on the list, drop us an e-mail!). We also have them available on our web site if you would like to order on-line.

  10. Specific Fishing Tips?
    Answer:
    Visit our Fishing Tips Pages for more answers to your how to fish questions!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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