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The Slinky, a Secret for Successful Kamloops Fishing
If you stand on the North Shore of Lake Superior and cast out a standard sinker, bid it farewell, as odds are you will never see that sinker again. The rocky bottom will take your weight nearly every time you throw one out. The slinky will even the odds that you'll not only get your bait back but occasionally a nice fish as well.
We first became aware of slinkies in the early 80’s by reading accounts of West Coast steelheaders drift fishing the boulder strewn rivers flowing into the Pacific. Their lead weights encased in a sealed bag of parachute cord offered an advantage in snag resistance over bare naked sinkers. The slinkies did what they are named after; they slunk over the cracks and crannies like a snake instead of wedging in and sticking to the bottom. Physically speaking, their coefficient of friction is less than a plain weight.
On the North Shore of Lake Superior we could see the benefits of applying this slinky technique while casting marshy bags to the masses of stocked lake trout that then frequented snag infested North Shore River mouths. West Coast magazine advertisers offered slinky-making kits and soon we were melting and stuffing our own bags of parachute cord.
Our slinkies worked like a charm and became for a few years, a much-protected secret of success. But other savvy shorecasters soon caught on letting the cat out of the bag and putting their weights in the bag.
Kamloops fisherman have since worked on perfecting the use of slinkies and the tactics of making varieties for specific angling conditions. One can be creative with the type of cord and stuffing for weight and diameter of finished product. Rest assured the slinky will let you cast and fish the rock bottom like few other weights can.
Seal one end
Prepare to seal the open end.
Snap swivels work well for connections.