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Rod tip legering

At one time this was the standard method for detecting biles whilst legering. After casting out, the line was tightened up and the rod was propped at an angle against a rod rest. Bites were detected by watching for any movement of the rod lip. For the larger species of fish this is still a successful method of legering but the smaller species require the more delicate addition of a line quiver tip. A good quiver tip is also a big improvement when trying for the larger species although you should catch plenty of fish without one.

Bites can vary a great deal from continuous tweaks and rattles to a full-blooded lunging of the rod. When legering in a heavy current the force of the flow will cause the rod lip to bend over. A bite is frequently signalled by the rod tip springing back before lunging down again.

Legering can never be as delicate as float fishing, but used correctly it is a skilful and enjoyable method.

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