Choosing Rods

A 12 foot (3.6 metre) float rod with a through action can be used for light legering. For the beginner who is restricted to just one rod this is the best compromise but to seriously begin using leger tactics to catch some of the larger species of fish then a second rod is a necessity. Just as there are many different types of float rod, there are numerous leger rods many of which are designed for a special form of legering. Most leger rods are between g feet (2-7 metres) and 10 feet (3 metres) long. The type ofleger rod you choose depends a great deal on the type of fishing for which you intend to use the rod. A light, wand- like rod with a built-in quiver tip would be no use for dragging a reluctant barbel or chub from amongst the roots of a riverside willow bush. Similarly a Mk IV carp rod is far too strong for catching small bream from a wide, featureless fen-land river.

If you intend to leger for the larger species of fish such as chub, barbel, tench and carp, a Mk IV carp rod or similar action rod is ideal. These rods can be used for a wide range of applications and if you choose one of glass fibre, they are very light yet are capable of dealing with most species of big fish.

For fishing in slow moving rivers or lakes, or for smaller species of fish, a much lighter type of leger rod can be used. Many of these are designed for use with a swing tip bite indicator attached to the rod end. Most, if not all of them, will have a special tip ring which has a threaded hole in the end for fastening a swing or quiver tip bite indicator. Avoid buying your first leger rod with a quiver or swing tip built into the rod. This will severely limit the use of the rod. Swing tips are fine when fishing a slow moving river or lake for bream but are useless on a fast moving river.