So while I was scouring this forum for info on a popper/spook hybrid, I came across a couple flaptail threads that intrigued me. Especially those that Steel Pulse builds! The issue I quickly found, was finding an option I liked for the hanger/cleat/bracket that’s attached to the tail to get the blade below the plug, like how Lido’s were built.
I know Paul builds his hanger, but his skill is far beyond me, so I started looking around for pre-made options. I noticed several people mention that some musky shops have the cleat/hanger, but no specific places were mentioned and I couldn’t find anything during my searches.
Anyways, here’s a couple options I did find, one is the brass “plumbers chain” that I found in a flaptail build article, and the second is a figure 8 link I stumbled across. My test plug was actually a 7.5” two hook spook I had made already, that has a belly weight and tail weight. I set it up with a standard tail wrap and the brass link so I could try the flaptail below center and on center. With the blade, the plug sat at about 40-45 degrees in the water. Action wise, at least with this set up, I think I preferred the blade on center from the tail wrap. The blade made a bit more commotion on the surface and that seemed to give the plug a slight side to side action as well. Neither configuration wanted to walk, at all, but I know it’s not a spook. I’ve got a few more that I plan to play with different weighting, but so far I’m liking this plug!
Hopefully this will add a couple options for people