How to Rig Offshore Trolling Lures

How to Rig Offshore Trolling LuresOffshore trolling for salmon requires a spread of lures to entice these top-line predators to strike. While the use of plugs or spoons can be a popular choice, flasher rigs that incorporate fresh-cut herring strips are a deadly combination to catch salmon. As with any offshore trolling lure, properly rigging these lures will allow them to swim seductively, drawing a hungry salmon to strike. Read on to learn how to rig a flasher rig with herring strips.


Difficulty: Moderate

Rigging the Flasher

Things You’ll Need:
  • Trolling Flasher
  • Pro Fly Meat Rig
  • Herring Strips
  • Toothpicks
Step 1
Flashers are an attractor that brings in salmon to the bait. Open the snap at the rear of the flasher and insert the swivel at the end of the Pro Fly Meat Rig. These specialty rigs not only hold the herring strip in place, but offer color attraction as well.
Step 2
Once the meat rig in in place, close the snap on the flasher. Uncoil the leader line that the meat rig is attached to and make sure the hooks are not tangled.
Step 3
Take the herring strip and insert one end in the meat rig. Take a toothpick and put it through the hole in the meat rig head; this will keep the herring strip pinned in the head so it stays secure when trolling.
Step 4
The flasher rig is now ready to fish. Attach the flasher to a diver or a downrigger and get ready for a salmon to strike!

Tips & Warnings

Be sure the meat head does not become tangled on the leader when you put it in the water as this will interfere with the action of the flasher.
Always use fresh herring strips with a flasher rig; foul-smelling herring will not draw as many strikes.


Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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