Legering in lakes poses different problems to ihose encountered in a river. The most obvious difference is that there is no flow to keep the line taut between rod and leger. Some lakes have a thick layer of weed covering the bottom into which leger tackle would simply disappear. I much prefer float tackle for catching fish close to the bank in a lake as it oilers the most sensitive way of detecting bites. For fishing at long range for species such as roach and bream, a swing tip is the most effective way of detecting bites.
Larger species such as carp and tench require somewhat different tactics. A dough bobbin indicator will work epiite efficiently for tench and, in some instances, for carp but when using large paste baits for carp the resulting runs made by the fish when they pick up a bait recjuire a lot of line to be allowed to run from the spool. Alternatively, after casting out, place the rod on two rests and tighten up the line. Open the bale arm of the reel and draw line down to the ground. Fold a piece of silver paper over the line but do not trap it completely. As a carp picks up the bait and begins to run, the line will draw through the rod rings flicking the silver paper clear. The line is then free to run from the spool offering little resistance to the fish. When you decide to strike, lift the rod clear of the rests, close the bale arm and, as the line tightens, drive the hook home. Anglers who specialize in carp fishing have devised many complicated and ingenious methods for detecting bites but the beginner will catch plenty of fish without these refinements.