6, 7.5, and 9 in
$8.95 - $11.95
Introducing the Konezone, a
trolling flasher that differs from the traditional flashers and dodgers
IRM Inc., makers of Konezone, is a family owned business located in Hillsboro,
Oregon. Mike Hyneman, President and founder of IRM Inc., founded this company in
2001, and originally developed the flasher for salmon fishing in the famous
Lower Columbia River. Since then, their product has spread like wildfire
reaching trollers around the States in search for salmon, stripers, halibut,
Kokanee, trout, and much more.
The Konezone has a unique shape like no
other. Also notice the thick build
The Konezone is a flasher,
but not just any flasher. This trolling device is shaped for minimal resistance
and optimized performance at any speed. When you look at the Konezone you will
find that this new kid on the block has multiple configurations. This product is
available in four different sizes, ten blade colors, and eight tape colors.
There are two smaller sizes, each having three eyelets, one inline, one offset,
and one wing eye. The remaining larger, 7.5 and 9 inch sizes only have two
eyelets, one inline and one offset. What we found impressive is that if you pick
a Konezone up at your local store you might only be able to get fixed color
patterns, but through Konezone’s website you can order any blade-tape color
combination you want out of 80 different possibilities.
Click here for Konezone's
The two smaller sizes have three
rigging positions; center for inline spinning or slow-rolling with the offset
You will find the Konezone flashers are built commercial-grade tough. These
flashers are constructed using thick acrylic in all of the four sizes available.
The other critical components on the flasher are the stainless steel swivels and
duo-lock snaps. These components are heavy duty testing out at a solid 80 pounds
for the swivels and 103 pounds for the snaps.
The 7.5 and 9
inch sizes have only two eyes
Employing our Boston Whaler Montauk, Scotty downrigger, and other trolling gear,
we set out targeting salmon, halibut, and stripers along the coast, in San
Francisco Bay, and in some of our local inland lakes. We lowered the Konezone in
the water and here’s what we found.
Designed for salmon on the Lower
Columbia River, the Konezone is also killer on the California Coast
After quickly connecting the Konezone to our main line and leader via the
provided hardware, we attached a variety of lures before getting down to
business. With all of our lures, before lowering them into the depths with our
downrigger, we make sure to check the action of the entire set up on the side of
the boat at trolling speed. Thanks to the clear waters of one of our inland
lakes, San Luis Reservoir, we were able to view our rig at depths in excess of
ten feet! Once lowered into the water the Konezone HST flasher immediately
started to spin. This is Konezone’s patented attribute, a design that allows it
to “Slow Roll.” At slow and fast speeds (up to 4 knots as shown on our Garmin
GPS), the flasher rolls fluidly. The stainless steel bead-chain swivels on both
ends keep the Konezone rolling smoothly with no impact on our lure’s action and
also preventing line twists.