Presentday ledger rods vary from 9ft to 1 l^ft, the longer rods being used more by the specimen hunter and the shorter kinds usually by the competition angler. They are also used with various types of bite indicators, although some rods have a builtin bite indicator called a quivertip, which consists of a finely tapered piece of solid glass which, because of its small diameter, is very sensitive. This type, known as a quivertip rod, is usually between 9+—10ft in length.
Rods of 9ft10ft are usually employed by match anglers for ledgering in conjunction with a swimfeeder.
Specimen hunter’s rods
The longer type of ledgering rod is more often used by specimen hunters who usually rely on fine tips and bite indicators on the line to hook fish. Quiver tip rods are used for shybiting fish such as roach, while the longer rods are used to cast and to strike at fish at long range. A rod with a test curve of approximately 11] lb is necessary due to the drag and stretch of the line, but with steeptaper rods the test curve can be less to give better bite indication, while the relatively strong butt and middle will pick up a line rapidly.
The best length
For general purposes a rod of 1011ft is suitable for match ledgering. A stiff rod of 94ft is the best allround length. The rod should be fitted with graduated standoff rings with a screwin tip ring which will accommodate any of the various attachments for bite indication —swingtip, quivertip, springtip and others. With this type of rod, lines of 24 lb b.s. Are normally used, while the larger rods used by specimen hunters can require the use of lines up to 10 lb b.s. Many of the lighter carp rods made today can make excellent ledgering rods, as they are primarily designed for fishing on the bottom of the lake or gravel pit for carp, unlike specially designed ledgering rods. The tips are rarely used, however, for bite indication, and this should be considered when selecting a ledger rod.