Category Archives: Ledgering

Dapping Q and A

Do I need special hooks for dapping with live insects?

No, but fine wire hooks with small barbs are preferable.

How strong a line and how big a hook can be used before they intrude?

A 6 lb length of nylon is a standard weight for dapping, but among submerged branches or similar snags, 8 lb would be better. Hooks for small insects like bluebottles can be size I 2 or 10, size 8 for mayflies and craneflies, and size 6 for big moths, grasshoppers and beetles.

Do I need a special reel?

A simple centrepin or fly reel is easier to use and less prone to tangles than a fixed-spool—beyond these considerations there’s no need for specialist equipment.

Are real insects much more effective than artificial flies?

They are for coarse fish such as chub and dace. For trout there is little difference between real and artificial, provided tied flies are good ones.

With rods as long as 14ft, isn’t it difficult to bring fish aboard a boat?

Co-operate with your boat partner; get him to net your fish and you net his. If you are in the habit of boat fishing alone, you’ll have to invest in a long handled net.

Suppose I am dapping for trout from a boat and the wind drops. What do I do?

Put the dapping rod away and get out your ordinary fly fishing tackle.

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Swimfeeders

An established part of ledgering is tempting fish to the spot where you are fishing with groundbait or samples of the hookbait. Swimfeeders enable you to do that with accuracy Swimfeeders and blockends are perforated plastic cylinders, approx-imately 2-3in long and lin diameter. Swimfeeders are open at both ends and are used mainly for ground-baitingContinue Reading

Ledgering Technique

Ledgering is basically a method of fishing without a float. Once thought to be a rather crude technique, with modern bite indicators it has been transformed into an art Once, ledgering was considered a crude and clumsy way of fishing, only resorted to when float fishing had failed to catch fish. Now, ledgering has aContinue Reading