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Ledger / Paternoster Rig

The ledger (also known as the dropper or paternoster) is a good simple general purpose rig that can be used in most situations where long distance casts are not needed. 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. By using swivels and neoprene stop knots on this version of the ledger rig we are able to create a more flexible rig as the individual trace droppers can be moved up and down the rig body to what ever position is suitable to your particular fishing circumstances. You can as an alternative use fixed crimps in place of the stop knots.

Materials Needed

Main Rig Body / Rig Backbone

  • Approx 1200mm 50-80 pound breaking strain line
  • 2 x geni clips
  • 2 x swivels
  • Neoprene tubing for stop knots
  • 4 x hard beads

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

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 3

Thread on above the stop knots: 1 bead, then 1 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 another stop knot to fix everything in place on the rig body.

Step 4

Repeat the above to steps for each additional trace dropper you require.

Step 5

When you have completed the attachment points for your traces tie on a genie clip to the end of the piece of line to finish off the main rig body. This geni clip will attach to the swivel that is attached to the end of your mainline.

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 have sufficient distance between them on the rig to help prevent them catching on each other and tangling. 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 / Paternoster Rig

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