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Ledger Clipped Down (AKA Paternoster, dropper and cascade rig)

The clipped down ledger (also known as the dropper, paternoster or cascade rig) is a good general purpose rig that can be used in most situations and is useful when a little extra distance in your cast is required. You can have as many droppers as you like but most people will fish with between 1 and 3 with 2 being the most common. The use of SRT spring and cascade swivel ensure that the snoods/traces will both release on impact. The SRT spring also helps to take tension off of the trace during the cast and tensions the traces when clipped down so they don’t pop out mid cast. Using neoprene stop knots means the rig is adjustable to suit different trace lengths. In place of the neoprene stop knots you could use power gum, adjustable crimps, or a standard crimp crimped just enough to allow it to be slid up and down the rig body when pressure is applied.

Materials Needed

Main Rig Body / Rig Backbone

  • Approx 1200mm 50-80 pound breaking strain line
  • 4 x geni clips
  • 1 x swivel
  • 1 x cascade swivel
  • Neoprene tubing for stop knots (Or alternatively: power gum, adjustable crimps)
  • 3 x fixed crimps
  • 7 x hard beads
  • 1 x impact shield (or alternative eg: bait clip, imp clip)

Trace / Snood

  • 2 x geni clips
  • 2 x recurve/circle hooks sized to suit target species and intended bait

Main Rig Body / Rig Backbone

Step 1

Tie a genie clip to the bottom end of the piece of line you are using for your main rig body using an appropriate knot eg uni knot, clinch knot. This clip is where you will attach a sinker to the rig.

Step 2

Thread a bead (the type of bead is down to personal preference, but, the main purpose is to protect the knot so you could use a hard or soft bead here) on to the other end of the piece of line and run it down so it sits on the knot you have just created when tying on the geni clip.

Step 3

Thread on impact shield so that it sits above the bead. Make sure the shield part is facing down toward the bottom of your rig.

Step 4

Thread on another bead so that it sits above the clip part of the impact shield. This needs to be a hard bead as the action of the impact shield sliding up and pushing against this is what causes your baited hook to be released from the clip.

Step 5

Thread on a crimp and crimp it so that the bead sits snuggly against the top of the impact shield.

Step 6

Create 3 stop knots on the rig body using 3 small pieces (about 5mm each) of neoprene tubing. These will hold your first trace in place, but, are adjustable so that you can slide the trace droppers up and down the rig body to the height you desire.

Step 7

Thread on above the stop knots: 1 bead, then 1 cascade swivel, then another bead. The beads will trap the swivel in place and ensure it stands out from the main rig body helping to reduce tangles. Top this off with a crimp to fix everything in place on the rig body.

Step 8

Create 3 more stop knots, then thread on a bead, the SRT spring, a bead, a swivel and finally another bead. Thread on a crimp and fix it above the final bead.

Step 9

Tie a geni clip to the top to finish off the main rig body.

Trace / Snood

Step 1

Tie on a geni clip to one end of the piece of line you are using for your trace. This geni clip is used to attach your trace to your rig body by clipping it onto the one of the swivels trapped between the beads on the rig body.

Step 2

Tie on a hook to the other end of your trace using an appropriate knot eg clinch, uni, snell. Make sure the traces you tie are of a length that means they are under tension when clipped down. The trace in the image has a lumo bead above the hook which helps with attracting fish to your baits in low light conditions or when night fishing. You could also use colored beads or sequins as alternative .

The great thing about having a trace that clips onto your main rig body is that it is very easy to interchange different traces. You can have a few made up that have different hook sizes, floats on them to protect your baits from crabs or even just ones that you bait up in advance so that when you change your bait it is simply a matter of clip on and cast. Another advantage is that when it comes time to re bait you can just leave you rod in the holder and only need to unclip the trace and carry that back to where you have your bait rather than taking the whole rod or rig.

The Finished Ledger Clipped Down (AKA Paternoster, dropper and cascade rig)

Have you tried this rig? Let us know how you got on

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