In the past few years, I can't remember seeing a person or a group of guys that didn't use flashers. You see the occasional kid or friend/girlfriend that got dragged along not using one, but everybody with with the ice gear has a flasher. I heard of guys who forgot their flasher or battery and just turn around and don't go. I read on here many many times that guys won't fish without one. I'm not picking a fight, but really just wan't to know if anybody feels like it ruins the fun of it as it does for me. I fish mostly 12-14' feet of water or less for panfish, but occasionally 18-20' for panfish or walleye. I don't fish deep water mid-lake basins for suspended crappies.
I stare a computer screen all day, I don't want to stare at a flasher. It is one more thing to carry out onto the ice. One more thing to get tangled in the fishing line. The absolute best thing for me, when ice fishing, is doing the perfect drop or rise with the 1/128th jig and plastic and getting a hit out of nowhere. Always being ready for the strike and the surprise of it is thrilling. Just like casting from a boat, that strike is a blast. A long time ago, before flashers, we used to look down the hole in 6' of water and sight fish. I didn't like that either. I found that I could catch more fish by not looking down the hole and just concentrating on the perfect presentation. I see so many guys drop their flasher in, see some gills 1' off the bottom. rig up a heavy jig or jigging spoon, with 4 waxies or spikes and drop it down to them and then jiggle the heck out of it, and then get frustrated when they don't bite. Sure there are days when the aggressive presentation is going to work, but they are few and far between in the dead of winter.
Guys tell me flashers can serve two functions. First finding the fish and fish depth and next "working" the fish. I'm confident in my presentations and "working" the fish because I've caught 10,000+ panfish with it over the years. And with a light presentations that sinks like food (3-4" per second drop), you find the suspended fish on the drop.
So, is there anybody else that retired their flasher because they simply prefer to fish without one?