I have had a lot of people ask me the type of rig I use when I fish for flatties. So I figured I'd just post out here for everyone to put their successful rigs up here and help new folks out! Everyone has what works for them. As for myself. All my Rods are either custom or very heavy duty salt water poles, like poles that can handle 80 to 150 pound line. I mainly river fish so that will be the rig I talk about. Wading..... I exclusively use six foot Penn Mariner stand up rods that can take 80-150 pounds of test. All my reels are accurate bait caster salt water reels. I use the same rod, reel, and line as I do when I tuna fish. I rig up with 150 pound power pro braid, put the waders on, and off to the river I go. People laugh when they see me with 150 pound braided line, I use this line so if the catfish wraps around something, you can walk over there and get him out without breaking the line. I also go places where the rocks cut 50 pound Berkley Big game like butter. I cast into thick cover, and deeper holes, as I wade. In this scenario I use J hooks, and a two ounce bell sinker. I go like this. Line to weight, to bead, to swivel, then swivel to a 18 inch liter, then to hook, I use J-hooks that are from Mustad, they are short shanked, 8/0, J-hook, stainless steel hooks. you cannot use circle hooks in this situation, this is a "jackhammer set the hook" and horse the fish out, or through the cover and have him drag you down the river scenario, so you can not let the fish run with your line, or 100 percent of the time, he will hang you up. It is very hard to fish with poles that are larger than 6 foot, because you have to remember you are up to your chest in water at times. I hook all bluegills, behind dorsal fin, and I hook all water dogs through lips. make sure you clip the water dogs feet off, to stop it from burrowing or crawling under rocks, because they will! Look for deeper holes, bends in the river that are out of the main flow, where lots of clutter has gathered, overhangs, and really rock outcropped edges. Yes you will lose gear, the Flatheads love it there. Bank fishing.......same gear and bait, except longer poles. The tie up is different as well. I use very high quality 3 way swivels. I tie to the 3 way swivel, then I tie to a 5 ounce Bank sinker(depending on how fast water is moving, i typically fish fast water), the distance I usually tie the sinker is about 8-14 (usually 8) inches from the swivel, then I tie a liter onto the third position of the swivel. I usually tie a 24 inch liter to the hook. hook the fish or waterdog, cast the bait and chill out. when you throw this rig, what happens is the bluegill or waterdog is suspended 8-14 inches from the bottom, and is swimming somewhat freely from the liter. I leave all my reels free spooled with a tiny amount of cast control tension on the spool, then click on the bait clickers. I started recently to put a little tension on the spool, cause I was having flathead hit the line so hard that even with salt water reels, they were back lashing my reels with the bait clicker on, so a tiny and I mean tiny amount of pressure of the cast control knob settled that. Too much pressure, and the flathead will now have a leash attached to it called your fishing pole.