The three way rig is probably one of the most well known catfish rigs.
Many people use the three way rig because others have told them that they need to use it or simply because it is one of the most well known ways of rigging for catfish.
Popularity of the three way rig has a lot to do with misinformation passed around among catfish anglers and also tackle shops pushing pre-tied three way rigs to catfish anglers.
The traditional three way rig requires the use of three way swivels and requires a lot of steps so if you want to use a rig that is this style modified three way rig is often a better option as it is easier to tie and does not require the use of a three way swivel.
When To Use The Three Way Rig
The three way rig is designed for situations where you need to keep your bait off of the bottom.
It can be used for anchored fishing or drift fishing and will work for all three species of catfish.
Tackle Items Needed
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Leader Line – Like Offshore Angler Tight Line – 1/2 lb. Spools in 40 Lb Test
Hook Of Preference – See our tackle page for hook suggestions
Weight (Sinker) Of Preference – Like Bass Casting Sinkers
How To Tie The Three Way Rig
To tie this rig you need to first cut your leader line that will run from the bottom of the swivel to the weight (sinker).
Your line running from the bottom of it needs to be longer than the leader that will run from your hook to your swivel.
For this example we are going to cut the line from the swivel to the weight at eighteen inches. Attach the weight line to the bottom of the three way swivel on one end and then attach the sinker on the other end.
Now cut your leader line for your hook. For this purpose we are going to use a twelve inch line. Attach the leader line to the side of the three way swivel and then attach the hook to the opposite end of this line.
Tie your mainline to the top of the three way swivel.
Other Three Way Rig Options
Some anglers will use a light weight line from running to the sinker, like ten pound test fishing line. This is done so if the weight snags, the line can be broken easily and you can add a new line and weight instead of losing the whole rig.
You can add a 2” split foam peg float to the leader line a few inches from the hook to help with bait presentation also.
To get more tutorials and in depth information on catfish rigs, check out the catfishing rigs tutorial.