How to Use a Nootka Flasher by Luhr Jensen

How to Use a Nootka Flasher by Luhr Jensen
The Nootka Flasher by Luhr Jensen is a downrigger-style lure. There is a method to using these lures. To be effective, a downrigger-style flasher like the Nootka must rotate when being pulled through the water. If the Nootka Flasher doesn't rotate, fish can be scared away instead of enticed to strike. Follow the basic pattern and begin adjusting for your fishing needs.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod and reel
  • Monofilament line, 10-pound test
  • Fluorocarbon leader line
  • Lure scent or smelly baits
Step 1
Tie the Nootka Flasher to a leader line using an improved clinch knot. Tie the jig or lure to the other end of the leader line using a Palomar knot. Determine what fish you hope to land with the Nootka Flasher.
Step 2
Set the distance between the Nootka Flasher and your lure/jig choice on the end of the line. If you are going for sockeye salmon, set the Nootka Flasher 22 to 24 inches from the lure. Chinook salmon require a distance about 24 to 28 inches between the Nootka Flasher and lure.
Step 3
Add any lure scent or smelly bait to the lure and Nootka Flasher. Cast the Nootka Flasher and lure setup. Keep the setup in the top 50 feet of water for maximum effectiveness. Watch as you retrieve the Nootka Flasher to make sure it is rotating.
Step 4
Shorten the distance between the Nootka Flasher and the lure if you are not achieving the desired rotation from the flasher. Try bending the spoon of the flasher a few degrees to get proper rotation.
Step 5
Cast the rig out again and retrieve. Continue to adjust until proper rotation and spin are achieved.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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