Rods for Legering
A leger rod uses quiver tips pushed into the end of the rod or has a
special tip ring with a screw fitting where you can screw in a swing
tip. Lengths of leger rods vary from 9ft to12ft. Other types of rods
are used for legering such as the Feeder and Carp rod.
The type of rod to use will depend on the type of water you will be
fishing, the distance you will be casting, the species of fish you
will be fishing for and weather conditions.
description of fishing rods
There is some controversy over what is actually a leger rod?
In general if your buying or talking about a leger rod then this is
the one that uses a swing tip or quiver tip, but if legering is
fishing a bait on the bottom without the use of a float, then in
theory this can either be a fishing rod that uses a swing tip or
quiver tip, a Feeder rod or a Carp rod. I will leave it to you to
agree or disagree. Please don't email me though.
Reels, Line and Hooks for Legering
The best reel in my opinion is the fixed spool. Line and hooks of
depend on the species and size of fish you will be fishing for.
Set up's for Legering.
For swing tip fishing two bank sticks are needed to rest
the rod in. Position the banksticks so that your rod is pointing
straight to where you will be fishing and in a comfortable position
for when you need to strike. Height
from the ground is a personal choice but I prefer to keep it as low as possible but
comfortable position for striking. The swing tip should be a few inches
above the water.
If its a bit of a windy day then when you cast out hold the rod tip
under the water until the bait gets to the bottom. You will know
this when line stops pulling off your reel. This stops the surface
drag of the water putting a big bow in your line. If its a calm day
you don't need to do this.
Once you feel sure the bait is on the bottom slowly
wind your reel to tighten the line until the swing tip is at an angle
of around 65 degrees. It doesn't want to be just hanging straight down
and it doesn't want to be pointing straight out, it wants to be
somewhere in between. Bite indication is by the swing tip
straightening out when a fish swims away with your bait or by dropping
back if it swims toward you.
Feeder Rod, Quiver Tip -
You will need one or two bank sticks.
On a stillwater, if your going to use a quiver tip rod, position the
banksticks in a way so that your rod sits at an angle, around 90
degrees, to where you will be casting your bait.
As with casting the swing tip above, if its a bit of a windy day
then when you cast out hold the rod tip under the water until the
bait gets to the bottom. You will know this when line stops pulling
off your reel. This stops the surface drag of the water putting a
big bend in your line. If its a calm day you don't need to do this.
Now slowly wind your reel to tighten your line and put a slight bend
in the quiver tip. Bites are detected by the pulling round or
dropping back of the quiver tip.
If you are fishing a river or running water you want to keep as much
line out of the current as possible otherwise it will be pulling
your rod round all the time. Using one bankstick is best. Your rod
is placed in the rest with the butt sitting on the ground. This way
your rod tip is held high up and keeps most of the line out of the
water. When you cast, hold the rod tip high to keep line out of the
current until the leger / feeder hits bottom of the river. As the
leger / feeder falls through the water it will pull line off the
reel and cause a tension on the line, you will know when its on the
bottom by feeling or seeing the rod tip spring back when there is no
tension. Place your rod in the rest and wind in your line until
there is a sleight bend in your rod top. Bites are detected by the
rod tip pulling over or dropping back.
Article and images by Jim Boswell