For many years, the Holy Grail of product development has been a simple and reliable way to drop leads when fishing with helicopter rigs. We’re pleased to announce that Korda has managed to crack this conundrum and the resulting product, the Heli Safety System, it’s a streamlined thing of beauty!
Korda’s head of product development, Tom Dove, explained why there’s a niche for such a product, “For a long time people have been using the helicopter rig as their go-to presentation for fishing in weed, particularly with chod rigs. The problem with a conventional helicopter rig is that having the lead fixed to the end of the leader while fishing in weed causes lots of problems, particularly with lost fish. Dropping the lead is the best solution.”
Now, there will undoubtedly be people who question the ethical case for dropping of a lead under most circumstances. Well, the clever bit about the Heli Safety System is that it will ONLY ever jettison the lead when a fish is hooked, so there is no unnecessary dumping of expensive leads. Indeed, it can also be set to retain the lead too, which vastly increases its versatility. This immediately makes it the most complete helicopter lead system out there.
As Tom points out, the Heli Safety System also opens up new presentation avenues for us, “The use of large leads has always been a bit of an issue with helicopter rigs too, especially with the chod rig, well that problem is gone now. We are able to use as big a lead as we like, safe in the knowledge that it will release once a fish is hooked, and never before. This really is something a bit special and something we are all very proud of.” So, the new system truly opens up realistic and safe long-range chod fishing, without the need for dissolving foam, or PVA!