Tuesday, 15 August 2017 06:00

Two-Hook Flapper Rig - Academy Rig

Karl Stevenson is a professional rig builder keen to share his knowledge and experience. He says: “My dad showed me how to build rigs 30 years ago, and I have added small tweaks to them through the years, to suit my style of fishing and to take advantage of better components as they come along. All of my rigs are tried and tested and they won’t fail you.”


The simple two-hook flapper rig is one of the first multi-hook rigs used by sea anglers when they take up the sport. It can be used from boat or shore, although it’s most common to see it in use by shore anglers.

It’s a fairly close-range rig because in its basic state it’s not the best casting rig, but it presents baits so well that it is still popular. If anglers didn’t catch fish on it they wouldn’t use it.

This particular version uses quite big hooks – size 2/0 Tsunami Makos. These have a wide gape and are a good pattern for bulky baits such as squid or crab. They are sharp and strong and are a good pattern to use when you expect quality fish to be around. They are also a good pattern for venues where dogfish abound, as these hooks retain their points and their shapes and are easy to remove from the tough mouths of the doggies, making the rig last a bit longer.

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50lb Memor-X rig body line

25lb Memor-X snood line

4 x 5mm Glo beads

4 x 5mm Storm crimps

2 x 45lb Gemini rolling swivels

1 x 80lb Gemini rolling swivel

2 x Size 2/0 Tsunami Mako hooks

1 x Tronixpro 80lb casting snap.

6x sequence

Build sequence

1 Take four feet of 50lb Memor-X rig body line and tie on the 80lb rolling swivel.

Slide on a crimp, a Glo bead, a 45lb rolling swivel, a Glo bead and another crimp.

Crimp the beads and swivel in place about 15 inches below the swivel.

Repeat step 2.

Crimp the beads and swivel in place about 15 inches below the top snood assembly.

Take 14 inches of Memor-X 25lb snood line and tie on a size 2/0 Tsunami Mako Hook.

Repeat this step.

Tie a hook snood to each of the 45lb rolling swivels.

Tie a casting snap to the free end of the rig.


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