How to tie | Carp and tench float leger rig

An important rig for any budding carp, tench or bream angler is the float ledger rig as it helps target species which prefer an absolutely static bait. Use strong line and hooks with this rig, and big baits such as worms, bread, or mini boilies.

A large bodied waggler is required as the buoyant stem is less likely to be pulled under by the tow. Bites are normally indicated by the float shooting under. 

A good tactic is to find the bottom of the marginal shelf – where the bottom levels out – and then set the float slightly overdepth. Now, when you tighten up the line, the float will slowly sink down to the correct position and the line will be tight from rod to the leger weight.

If you find yourself fishing a lake this year with the wind blowing straight towards you, or from side-to-side, and holding position is proving impossible, then try out this very effective, but surprisingly underused rig to give you the correct bait presentation to encourage bites. Check out our step by step guide below and tie it yourself. 

Trap the float on the mainline with two float stops. The float should be a large bodied waggler as this is more stable in undertow

Use a swivel leger weight of between ¹/2 to 2/3 ounce. This should be free-running on the mainline for sensitive bite indication

Thread a mini buffer bead on to the mainline and then attach a mini swivel to the mainline using a four-turn grinner knot

Tie a size 12 hook to 10 inches of 5lb hooklength line. Use either a grinner or through-the-eye whipping knot

You need to keep the hooklength short – about 4in-6in will be perfect. Tie the end of this to the mini swivel


The lead weight will sit just above the buffer bead, creating a bolt-effect. Adjust the float so that just the tip is showing