Three Hook Flapper


three flapping components

1. Components

dropper swivels

2. Two of the hooks tied and silicone tube pushed over the dropper swivel barrels.

trapped swivel

3. One of the droppers trapped between aero beads and stop knots.

three hook flapper

4. The completed rig minus bait stops.



I don't know anybody that hasn't got a selection of flappers in their wallet. An all round utility rig, which doesn't lend itself to distance casting but for close work will present bait nicely, especially for smaller species like flatfish, eels and whiting. This is exactly the same as the two hook flapper, only with another hook length duhuh, so no apologies for duplicating a lot of info!

  1. 50lb Daiwa Tournament rig body
  2. 25lb black amnesia hook length
  3. Size 2 Mustad 32602R's
  4. Gemini lead clips
  5. Aero beads (and crimps if they're your thing, I use stop knots)
  6. Dropper swivels
  7. Silicon tube

Another rig that doesn't get out of my rig wallet too often, not because I don't like it, it's tried and tested and murders fish. The matchman's scratching rig and can be clipped up or down or cascaded, as you like it.

  1. Tie the lead clip to the rig body.
  2. Tie the hooks to equal lengths of amnesia. Place a 1" long piece of rig tubing on each hook length and finish with a dropper swivel on each hook length. Twist the rig tubing onto the dropper swivel so it covers at least half of the barrel of the swivel, pic 2.
  4. Slide a crimp (if you use them) and an aero bead onto the rig body, followed by the first hook length dropper. Another aero bead and a crimp. Repeat for each hook length.
  5. Tie the leader clip (or swivel if you prefer) with all your components on the rig body in the right order as in pic 4.
  6. I try to space the hooks so they won't come into contact with each other, but as close as possible without the chance of a tangle. This should ensure the scent benefits of fishing with multiple baits relatively close to each other.

You could use french booms, either metal or "bristles", the sole fishing rig is a metal boomed version of the flapper only with hooks sized for sole. Use whatever you feel confident with and don't forget the idea of this rig is to provide first class bait presentation by sacrificing distance, so don't spank it!