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thistlekicker

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thistlekicker

Who here uses tacky or soft weight (tungsten?) instead of split shot? Care to give a +/- of the stuff? Doesn't seem to be outrageously expensive, but am wondering how it stands up to heavy currents, snags, etc.

Thanks,

JS

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DEADhead

I use the loon soft weight. It's nice because it is non-toxic, and can be molded to any shape to reduce snags. The only thing I don't like about it is that it tends to slip on the line if put on wet, so if you're using a knotted leader, it helps if you put the weight on ahead of a knot. Also, that stuff always seems to get under my fingernails and is hard to get out. It definitely works better in cold water because it stays stiff. In warm water the weight gets soft and if you're tossing big bugs, it sometimes comes off...

Overall, I like it better than a split shot because it doesn't put a crimp in my tippet/leader.

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WxGuy

I bought some a couple seasons ago and just haven't got around to using it yet. I'm fairly used to using dinsmore "egg" shot.

I fish plenty of cold water, so I'm going to have to give it a try one of these days.

As far as the tungsten soft stuff goes...it seems really expensive for the amount you get, but I'd be interested to hear in how it performs and for how long of a time it could be stretched out.

So...sorry I contributed nothing to your original post, but that's my last 2 pennies. grin.gif

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JohnS

I use it and would recommend it. It's non-toxic, you can mold it to a relatively snagless "noodle", and you can easily adjust weight be adding a little more or pinching a bit off. It is reusable, so a pack is pretty economical.

It doesn't work well in cold weather. If I'm winter fishing in 30 to low 40 degree air temps, I'll use something else.

With warmer water and heavier weighting -- eg, smallmouth fishing -- it does tend to slid. I either apply it over a leader knot or over a bit of heavy fly tying wire wrapped on the leader.

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Tony Boshold

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It doesn't work well in cold weather. If I'm winter fishing in 30 to low 40 degree air temps, I'll use something else.


I know there is alot of icefishers here so I thought I'd add my experiences.

Actually, I have had good luck with this while Ice fishing. Because its moldable I can quickly add weight to a mormyshka and keep the shape of the lure intact. Works great for my buddys and I. We use the "Sticky Weight" brand. I also use a lot of flies on ice and it works for adding weight to the beaded flies I use.

It also works great for the noodle type weight applied to the line while I'm river/creek/stream fishing or using a fluke type soft jerkbait. Great for fishing through weeds also.

Hope this helps.

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-Marc V-

I've used the tungsten soft weight. I'm a little different then the rest so far. I personally don't like it. Slides around on the line, or breaks free. I've made longer "noodle" shapes with it, but when the line makes the loops from casting, the weight ends up breaking free of the line eventually which either ends up in a loss of the weight, or needing to check it frequently to make sure it's not falling off. Less hassle using split shot. I haven't had a break in the tippet at the split shot yet, so I'm not (yet) concerned about crimps in the tippet from the shot. Could add it at a knot, but the closest knot to my fly is where the leader attachs to the tippet which is usually about 3 feet up from the fly. I usually like added weight no more than 12" away from the fly.

I could see it's advantage ice fishing. But in ice fishing the line and weight isn't under quite the same motions as fly casting, so it would probably stay in place just fine.

FWIW,

Marc

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