Three-way swivel rigs: a deadly approach for river walleyes SUMMARY: Use three-way swiv
On many border waters, you can use two lines, so for the setup in your rod holder, use a three-way swivel rig with a short, 4-foot-long snell. Use enough weight so the line runs 45 degrees to the water.
I drop it down, then bring it off bottom a couple of inches. I’ll tip the setup with a leech or a fathead, then slow-troll it while jigging with another rod.
I’ve found this is a great way to pattern and determine the mood of the fish.
When setting it up, use a dropper line about 8 inches long, then attach one end to the three-way. On the opposite end, attach a snap, which then holds the weight. Now, you don’t have to re-tie, because you can just snap that weight on and off.
With a three-way, don’t be afraid of a lighter line for the dropper. If you’re stuck on rocks or a clam bed, or otherwise get hung up, you only risk snapping off a short bit of line. For the snell, I use 8-pound-test line, one bead, and a colored hook. On my three-way, I usually have a red hook with a gold bead, but that’s just a starting point.
Final point on three-ways: Unlike a live-bait rig, when you let a fish run before driving home the hook, you want to set the hook fast with a three-way setup. Otherwise, the fish will feel that three-way weight and drop the bait.