Review: Kone Zone Daisy Chain

By on October 1, 2008

The primary attractor for bringing salmon into the sight range of your lures is sound! Then sight, smell and electro-sensitivity all have a part to play in getting the salmon to strike. While all of this is important, the primary attraction is sound.

When I am speaking at various seminars a question about using false flashers (sometimes called “The Ace in the Hole) often comes up. This method is simply attaching a flasher directly to your downrigger ball with no lure attached. This way you get the effect of the flasher creating sound and sending out vibration to attract salmon into your strike zone. Then you can run bait or lure by itself slightly above your false flasher. Thus, when a fish hits, you have no weight or drag on your line and are able to enjoy the maximum flight from your fish.

Kone Zone has developed an attractor called the “B C Daisy Chain”. It’s simply 4 Kone Zone Flashers, connected in a 6-foot heavy-duty line. You simply attach the heavy-duty snap just above the downrigger ball. Now with all 4 Kone Zone Flasher Blades turning, you have a powerful sound attractor sending out vibrations.

Now, run a lure of your choice about three feet above the B.C. Daisy Chain and about six to eight feet further back. Your lure can be another flasher with a spoon, a spoon by itself, a herring, etc. You are only limited by your imagination.

One of the nice things about the Kone Zone Daisy Chain is that it tracks in a straight line, rotating on its own axis. Thus, you don’t get the flop of a rotating flasher that often leads to tangled lines.

Terry Wiest, Webmaster for Salmon U and host of Steelhead U, first tried the “Daisy Chain” out at West Port on the coast of Washington. Daisy Chain on one Scotty Downrigger, regular set up on the other Scotty. At the end of the day, 10 Chinook on the Daisy Chain side, 2 Chinook on the other side. Since then, we’ve had good results on Blackmouth and Fall Coho. The “Daisy Chain” is becoming very popular on the Columbia River, and with the predicted large return of Spring and Fall Chinook, I’m sure you will start to see them in a lot of tackle boxes.

The predicted returns to Puget Sound in 2009 are also excellent for Chinook and Coho and on top of that this is a Humpy year! You can bet – I won’t leave home without my “Daisy Chain.”

Tom Nelson
Tom Nelson is the publisher of Known throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Dean of Saltwater Fishing,” he has helped develop and test tackle and gear for Scotty, Pro-Troll and Silver Horde, is a regular speaker at area sports shows, has taught more than 5,000 students how to fish during his classes at western Washington community colleges, and is the co-founder of the Puget Sound Anglers.