The "Roger Rig"

Kathy worked a "Roger Rig" out the back of the boat while her husband Gary threw topwater flies out the front.  Both picked up fish including this one.  Yes, that little hook on the 1/32 oz jighead can work on a big fish like this.  

Kathy worked a "Roger Rig" out the back of the boat while her husband Gary threw topwater flies out the front.  Both picked up fish including this one.  Yes, that little hook on the 1/32 oz jighead can work on a big fish like this.  

1/32 oz jighead and a soft plastic.  As easy as it gets. 

1/32 oz jighead and a soft plastic.  As easy as it gets. 

I take great pride in working with both fly and light tackle anglers on Lake Superior.  Some of the best fishermen and fisherwomen I've been around can throw tight loops on an 8wt into the wind, but also pick up a texas rigged spinning rod and drag a soft plastic through a scraggly wood pile with such finesse it would make a butterfly working a group of flowers jealous.  One of the funnest and simplest light tackle bass rigs I've ever seen or fished is what I'm officially calling the "Roger Rig."  It's the rig Capt. Roger Lapenter used for nearly 30 years on the Bay for many reasons.  Roger didn't care how you fished out of his boat as long as you were easy on the fish.  Crankbaits with multiple treble hooks?  Not easy on the fish.  Flies, and soft plastics with single hooks?  Easy on the fish.   Beyond that, the Roger Rig simply works.  Most people are extremely sceptical when you show it to them. They say "that little hook can't possibly be enough for those big fish."  I like it because I can literally tell people how we catch these fish, you know, completely tell the truth, and they still don't believe me.  The people on my boat have different opinions and usually buy the fixings for the rig at Anglers All before they head out of town.  In the end, it's all fun no matter how you do it.

The Roger Rig:

Nose hook a 5 inch grub onto a 1/32 oz jig head.  Work it slow.  

*Roger would sometimes go to a 1/64 oz jig head too, when the heavier rig didn't work.