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Although they’ve been around a little while now, I don’t feel that enough has been made of the Heli-Safe, either from a convenience or fish safety perspective, writes Marc Coulson.
I fish a water that gets extremely weedy, but which sometimes requires a relatively long cast. As a huge fan of a helicopter setup, for casting and bite registration, I was hamstrung by the weed as, in the event of a take, it was vital to drop the lead immediately.
A couple of years ago the evolution of the Heli-Safe, which I believe was spawned from somebody playing with the clicker at the top of a ball-point pen, was like a eureka moment as far as my fishing was concerned, and I’m sure many others’ too.
Previous efforts to secure the lead with dissolving foam failed, largely because I’d lose an expensive lead on every retrieve rather than only when a fish was attached.
Using a ‘rotten bottom’ also had its limitations.
Although a tad fiddly to set up initially – I now leave six leaders made up with Heli-Safes attached – it works a treat.
At first I found the lead came of a little too easily, especially if I hit any weed on the retrieve, but I sourced some slightly firmer springs from Korda, which now come as standard.
The ability to fish with a helicopter presentation but being able to eject the lead on the take, for me, makes the Heli-Safe one of my favourite product of recent years.
I wish I’d had some back in my Grenville days when the fishery rules at the time demanded the ejection of leads immediately on the take, despite the lack of weed.
If your fishery has similarly odd rules then you’d do well to grab a few of these.