The swing tip is a bite indicator used when legcring and is attached to the special end rings on the rod. A small metal adaptor is screwed into the end ring of the rod and attached to this adaptor is a short length of rubber tube. The swing tip is then fastened into the other end of the rubber tube. When the leger tackle has been cast out, the rod is placed in the rod rests and the line is wound in until it tightens between the rod tip and leger. The swing tip, which is hinged at the end of the rod by the rubber tube, will fall back so that it hangs clown at right-angles to the rod. Wind in a little so that the tip then inclines slightly towards your leger tackle. A fish which picks up your bait and moves away from you will cause the swing tip to lift up. Should a fish decide to swim towards you the tip will fall back suddenly into the vertical position.
Many match anglers use rods with the swing tip built into the rod but this restricts the use of the rod to special situations. Swing tips are best suited for lake fishing and in very slow moving rivers. In stronger flows the force of the current will straighten the tip out so that it does not serve its purpose. Slight increases in flow can be overcome by using a stiffer rubber hinge but there is a limit to the speed of current you can fish effectively using a swing tip. The major problem young anglers encounter when using a swing tip is in casting. No angler can cast as accurately and easily with a swing tip dangling from the end of the rod as they can without one.
Swing tips were originally developed for bream and roach fishing in wide fcnland rivers and lakes where the leger tackle is cast well beyond the feeding fish and then drawn back into position. By overcasting and then drawing back the tackle you can correct any slight inaccuracy. Learn to cast leger tackle accurately before you start lining swing tips to the end of the rod or you will run into all sorts of problems. Windy weather can also cause problems when you are living to detect bites by watching for movements on the swing lip. ()ne way to overcome this is to shelter the tip from the wind. Some anglers do this quite successfully by placing a thin sheet of clear perspex mounted on to a bank stick alongside the swing tip, so that it cuts out the wind. Some of these boards have a scries of lines etched in them so that the slightest movement of the swing tip against these lines can be noticed. These are known as target boards. Used in the right circumstances swing lips are a very sensitive form of bite detector for legering.