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With Multi Fly rigs, a tapered leader is employed where each section of leader is 1/2 length of heavier test section above it.  Sections are joined with a triple surgeons knot, and the tag end is left long enough to tie on the fly.  The largest and/or weighted fly is the fly on the end with each fly "up" the leader assembly being progressively less weight/bulk.

 

So a typical 3 fly leader would be 30lb butt of 4 ft, 20lb mid section of 2 ft, and 12 or 16lb tippet of 12 inches.  as an example, bottom fly would be a large Flatwing, Grocery-style Deciever (as a Herring, Mackeral or Bunker), Clouser or Half and Half, or possibly a mullet pattern a-la Popovics Siliclone or Murphy Back Bay Bomber, all tied on a 4/0 thru 2/0 hook.  The mid fly might be a Ray's Fly, Abrames General Practicioner Shrimp or Blonde Fly tied on a 1/0 thru #2 hook.  Finally, the top Fly could be a cinder worm, bunny fly or Isopod fly, all of which should be tied on a #1 thru #4 hook.

 

For throwing artificals, I use the rig pictured - the most important characteristic is that the distance from the teaser dropper loop to the lure snap is 4 1/2 ft. Note that this rig must be cast with a "bottom hand pull" cast to load the rod properly with this long of a rig drop.

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I normally use a very small (size 4 or 6) clouser for my rear fly.  Front fly is either a large subsurface fly or a popper.  Last year in the spring while we were really into black sea bass in 20' of water (conventional gear) I rigged up a fly rod with a full sinking line and clouser with a tail section from a Gulp twistie.  Let it  sink and slowly retrieved it.  Caught several BSB.  Pretty fun....  I don't think that rig would last very long if the cast was anything more than a false cast and chuck the line.

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I’ve used some plastics with fly gear in the past, in my younger days, but if I’m going to use them now, it will be with other tackle besides fly gear. 
 

I also rarely have used more than a single fly at a time. Most places that I fly fished, I never felt using more than one fly was any advantage. 
 

The exception was a streamer or teaser combined with a large popper. That’s a rig that can be used for multiple species in freshwater or salt. 

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the actual concept behind the multi fly rig is to let the fish tell u what size (most importantly) bait they are honed in on.  The idea is that after a couple of fish hit the same fly in the rig, the other flyes are removed or rigged to a non-dropper leader/tippet assembly. of course what might have been my largest bass hit the bottom flatwing of a 2 fly rig on day when they were over the bar.  Then a Bluefish (had no idea they were in the mix), came thru and hit the ray's fly rigged above, cutting off both fish.  I often wonder how long that bass and blue did the waltz out there before the blue chewed off the fly.  probably one pissed off bass by then.

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