Touch legering is the most sensitive method of detecting biles. After casting out and tightening up, the rod is held and bites are detected by holding the line between the fingers. There are several ways of doing this and you should choose one which is comfortable to you. When bites are expected soon after casting out. The rod can be held in one hand and bites felt for by lightly holding the line between the reel and first rod ring with the finger and thumb of the other hand.
If you are using a large bait such as a lobworm and you need to give a taking fish some line, simply pull the line you are holding a little way to the side of the rod. When you feel a fish drawing on the line, allow they hand which is holding the line t move back towards the rod and then strike. The rod can be held more easily if you support the handle against your body with your elbow.
Should you find it uncomfortable to hold the rod for any length of time then support it on a rod rest, still keeping hold of the handle. The rest should be the deep grooved type to prevent line becoming trapped between the rest and the rod. Touch legering using just one hand can be practised by letting the line pass from the reel and over the forefinger of the hand which is holding the rod. By using your fingers to detect bites you can sense the slightest movement on the line. Occasionally a fish will only mouth the bait without moving away and the only indication of this is a slight trembling on the line. Touch legcring is the only method which will register this type of bite, al-though it does have its limitations and few anglers can hold a rod steady for any great length of time even if it is supported on a rest. In winter it is not much fun trying to touch leger with an icy wind gradually numbing your fingers. Its use is also restricted to flowing rivers where the pull of the current keeps the line taut.