Converting Conventional Flasher to Breakaway

kallitype

big liar
Jun 29, 2010
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TER ROTH
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The Breakaway flasher is a really effective solution to the leverage the conventional flasher gives the fish to throw the hook. The flasher is released when a decent size fish hits, the flasher pulls away from the lure and floats up the line---it is still captive to the line, but does not offer the fish anything to use as leverage. You are connected to the fish directly, the flasher does not interfere with the fight. No need to put your regular flashers into storage and spend 12 to 15 bucks on new ones--you can convert your old flashers for 32 cents! You will need the Q-cove pin rigging, but you don't need one for each flasher, you can switch the rigging to a diiferent flasher blade. I bought 3 of the rigs, so if I lose a flasher to a seal, I'm not out of business.

Here's the pin assembly---they are about $3 from Sportco and Outdoor Emporium or by mailorder from Q-Cove



You need some spacers, here are the spacers--use the 1/4 inch one, 32 cents at True Value hardware.







-- You need to snip the welded ring and remove it and the swivel from the bottom of your old flasher:





----Then put the flasher in a vise and cut down alongside the rivet on each side----be care that you do not make to wide a slot! You can sand the spacer to fit the slot, a tight fit is good.




break off the tab, and clean up the slot with some sandpaper



---Now sand the spacer so that there are 2 flats on opposite sides so there will be good contact for gluing the spacer into the slot




---glue the spacer into the slot with a good superglue, I use one called Plastic Weld, it has held the spacer in for hours of trolling at 120feet.



I had about 15 old and favorite flashers, now all my flashers are converted to breakaway. As new and more effective colors come out in conventional flashers, I'll be able to covert them for pennies. And if the new color is only in the Q-Cove line, like the Purple Dragon--- no problem!! Hope this illustrated DIY guide is helpful for you.
 

Dipnet

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Good info, Terry. Thanks!
 

Jermz

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Seen that on captiandownriggins forum.


I only have one inline left, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to mess with it.(has good mojo) I have 30 plus Qcoves, and there still the best out there. Customer service is top notch.

Personally i would only do it with special flashers that Qcove doesn't produce(Ken can remake dam near any flasher if you go visit him) or ones that you've had lots of luck with,

Other wise why wouldn't you buy a Great American made product.
 

10Super

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Sep 7, 2012
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I am sold on the Qcoves and all new flashers will be breakaways. I have a lot of other flashers I don't want to sit unused. Thanks for the pics.
 

Fish_kid

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Aug 23, 2010
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I am sold on the Qcoves and all new flashers will be breakaways. I have a lot of other flashers I don't want to sit unused. Thanks for the pics.
You can always make a disco ball out of them... or use them in your Christmas light displays... or maybe mount them on the ceiling above your bed... :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Me I'll stick with the originals and support a local small business... though I do respect tinkering with gear to make it more effective... good ole American can do attitude...
 

jet2go

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Very cool! Thanks, now I can continue using all my "good luck" flashers!
 

Cornfed

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No DIY in the reports section...Thanks.

T
 

Cornfed

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BTW - Nice work with the self modification, but that would mean that I would have to take down all my Hot Spot and Pro Troll flashers that I'm using as a gutter drain. :D
 

gabe0308

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Thanks for the info. I have a special flasher that I use on Vancouver island that I will be converting to break-away. Of course I would buy one if it was an option.
 

Cornfed

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Thanks for the info. I have a special flasher that I use on Vancouver island that I will be converting to break-away. Of course I would buy one if it was an option.
Contact Ken Pinnell (Maker of the Break-Away Flashers) and see what he can do. Super nice guy. Good Luck!

http://www.qcove.com/
 

dragonballs

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Come on guys. Ken has kids he needs to feed and if we all started modifying our old tackle how us he going to survive.
 

Quan

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I used my old flashers as bird "scare tape" when I seeded my lawn. My neighbors must've thought I was crazy. :rofl:
 

goatram

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Neat Idea. BUUUUUUT you also need to get new Color strips too for that old ass Flasher.
This is a throw away ere. Buy New and sell your old ones.

Side note did you catch any fish yet?
 

Fog Ducker!

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According to Fishin' Luhrs there is another way to get rid of your old flashers! :finger:

Ducker!
 

kallitype

big liar
Jun 29, 2010
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John---I did catch one on a converted flasher, gotta post a pic:--the hooknose coho was caught early this month, with that ratty-looking plaid UV OKI flasher and white Coho Killer.
 

10Super

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You can always make a disco ball out of them... or use them in your Christmas light displays... or maybe mount them on the ceiling above your bed... :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Me I'll stick with the originals and support a local small business... though I do respect tinkering with gear to make it more effective... good ole American can do attitude...
I've been giving plenty of word-of-mouth advertising as well. Not trying to take anything away from anyone.
 

fishermatt

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Thanks for the info MacGyver.
I'll continue to upgrade with Ken. Boat and sportsman shows are coming...:finger:
 

Fishinnut

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The easiest way I have learned to convert these is to go to Q cove and give them mine and buy new ones from Ken. Ken was there for us working hard on behalf of the WDFW Rockfish group helping stop Marine fishing closures. Ken gets my business as its a small price to pay for someone that put in time to keep us fishing. Support those who support us.
 
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Hoghunter

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The easiest way I have learned to convert these is to go to Q cove and give them mine and buy new ones from Ken. Ken was there for us working hard on behalf of the WDFW Rockfish group helping stop Marine fishing closures. Ken gets my business as its a small price to pay for someone that put in time to keep us fishing. Support those who support us.
Ditto on Ken. He get's my business.
 

Elkfins

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The easiest way I have learned to convert these is to go to Q cove and give them mine and buy new ones from Ken. Ken was there for us working hard on behalf of the WDFW Rockfish group helping stop Marine fishing closures. Ken gets my business as its a small price to pay for someone that put in time to keep us fishing. Support those who support us.
Coudn't agree more!!!
Besides - Ken needs the money to buy more bread and ham for his sandwiches.:rofl:
 

Glad Wrap

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I love how people try to make a product by copying someone else. The funny thing here is that you still used the pin Assembly from Qcove. Might as well buy new ones from Ken.

Good idea but to make a product that is identical (in most ways) and o give it a name of your own....not what I would call a new product.