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   Old Thread  #22 23 Jan 2019 at 9.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thank you for the website links! Iím going directly to them to find the leads. I should have been more diligent in my search. I was primarily searching on eBay because it was convenient.

As for the ďmole likeĒ comment, Iím still unclear. Certainly you werenít implying espionage. I did find a definition related to the term in the Ďurban dictionaryí. In reference, I suspect you believe the post is somehow subversive. I most certainly have no such intentions but I suppose thatís what a mole would say.
Personally, Iíve learned a lot about leads and my presumed impact upon the environment. Itís the lead shot or what we call split shot that poses the greater risk which makes perfect sense now, hence the reason you all use tungsten putty.
I apologize for any miscommunication on my part. I donít have anything for sale here but the future of carp fishing in the Pacific NW is on the verge of a revolution. We e all but ruined the destroyed the habitat, over fished, over harvested, and horribly mismanaged the salmon and trout here. Our preferred game fishí future in this region is dismal. 🤔On the bright side, if more fishermen open up to the wonders of carp fishing, the salmon and trout will rebound whilst we are destroying the carp here. 😉
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   Old Thread  #21 23 Jan 2019 at 8.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thank you! Thatís a very helpful suggestion. We do have modeling shops, not many but they are here. Iíll check with the one nearby. I have seen mottled/speckled spray paint in the hardware stores and I have plenty of epoxy. I like the sliding pear shape sinkers Iíve seen in your rigs. We have sliding leads but Iíve only seen egg or bell shaped ones here. Iím sure I can find a way to camouflage and modify the weights we have available where I live somehow. I just wish I could buy them off the shelf like that here. I have a ton of lead so probably a mould for the type of weights you use would be a good investment. Thank you for the suggestions.
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   Old Thread  #20 23 Jan 2019 at 8.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Have you got access to a model shop over in the USA? Model makers use flocking as the substrate for their diorama's and can be used on leads if they are covered in glue and rolled in the flocking. Mixing colours will give a nice camo texture as well. You can also get plastic coatings that require the leads to be heated up, dipped in the micro plastic chippings & then smoothed off over a flame again. Used to do this a long time ago before coated leads were sold in the UK by using the Terry Eustace lead coating. The lead coating is still available in a lot of places over here & because it is light, it may be worth having some sent over to you.

Here is one seller on eBay that ships to USA Green Lead Coating Powder (nothing to do with me & was first that came up on searching)
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   Old Thread  #19 23 Jan 2019 at 8.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mole like... I have to look that up. Iím not very familiar with forum etiquette so I apologize if Iíve committed a faux pas.
I donít remember implying weights or lead moulds were scarce here. They are like you said, ďreadily availableĒ in every retail store or mini market that sells fishing hooks. Thereís a prolific array of different sizes, styles, shapes, etc. in the last 40+ years that Iíve bought end tackle. However, I have never once come across fancy camouflage, pear shaped, square, flat, or sliders found in the UK. That said, Iíve only been exposed to retail end tackle sold here in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe that stuff is common and ďhas been for years...Ē elsewhere but that is not the case where I have lived for the last 50 years. In the early to early eighties Graphite Rods began appearing. In the mid 90ís HDPE aka Spectra, Dynema, braided line, and later fluorocarbon line appeared on shelves. Off the top of my head, thatís about the only significant change in fishing equipment I recall. Nobody uses micro tubing, anti tangle sleeves, lead disconnects, coated leaders, or rubber bead stoppers where Iím from. Thereís no demand for it. Iím guessing less than 0.001% of all fisherman in the Pacific NW have any desire to catch a carp.
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   Old Thread  #18 22 Jan 2019 at 6.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Polonium, mercury, arsenic....

That's just your fish from the Chip Shop!
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   Old Thread  #17 20 Jan 2019 at 8.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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👍 exactly
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   Old Thread  #16 19 Jan 2019 at 10.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm sorry, there is something wrong with this post. USA have been using sinkers for many many years and they are readily available. You can buy moulds very very cheap as well.

Feels I little mole like.

Anyway. First web site I came onto was
https://www.tackledirect.com/sal****er-fishing-weights.html
$5 delivered for 50buck of items

eBay.com couple backs delivered for the same carpleads , sinkers,, UK use. You can even buy the moulds on there, make your own and sell to your mates to get your money back
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   Old Thread  #15 18 Jan 2019 at 9.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You need a phishing app for that to work.
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   Old Thread  #14 18 Jan 2019 at 8.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I still use spark plugs for my shore fishing (sea) although Iím struggling to get it hold of them now and only have about 50 left.

On various foreign rivers Iíve used large stones, maybe 16 Oz in weight, to hold bottom on a clip. Some Belgian lads showed me this on the Maas many years and it worked fine but obviously no casting involved.

The stonze weights etc are too light and donít cast well. I think its the density that causes the problem in finding alternatives.. not many materials around that match the density of lead and that make it viable to use. I guess it depends on set ups. If you use light Ďleadsí then maybe some large stainless nuts would do, although theyíre not aerodynamic or particularly camouflaged...

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   Old Thread  #13 18 Jan 2019 at 10.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #12 18 Jan 2019 at 7.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I tried the old mobile phone as a replacement for leads and can report that they do cast very well and drop off nicely when required, the only problem I had was when I was fishing tight to an island at about 45 yards and the cast had to be hard and low to get it under the overhanging trees.
I made the cast and was just feathering the line when the phone started ringing
Iíd tied the ****ing wrong one on.
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   Old Thread  #11 18 Jan 2019 at 6.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Unfortunately my dutch literacy is poor but they are good looking leads.
Here's some interesting information from a US website about lead toxicity:

https://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2188/do-lead-fishing-sinkers-threaten-the-environment/

Accordingly, there has been a lot of studies on birds and waterfowl but very few studies of significance regarding fish mortality due to lead fishing weights and lures. Waterfowl and others unintentionally ingest small leads like shot for their gizzards, consequently absorbing toxic levels. I thought this would be of particular interst to most of:
A UK study in 1982 dound that 50% of Mute Swan mortalities are due to lead poisoning from ingesting lead fishing weights. The article cited a quote from the UK Environment Agency "No fishing weights made of lead may be used except those of 0.06 grams or less and those of more than 28.35 grams".
A 1992 New England study on this side of the pond found an equally high mortality rate in Loon populations for the same reason.
Lead shot used for hunting fowl has been banned since the early nineties I believe. Several states have now followed the UK's lead. I should have said 'footsteps'.

I think its fair to say that it is a problem on some level and outsoorsmen might benefit from taking that into account. On the other hand, Im no a scientist but I do know lead is not the only toxin threatening our wildlife species. Cheap alternatives I was considering included steel and steel alloys, many of which contain chromium, cobalt, vanadium, molybdenum, et al. More harmful? Less? I dont know. I bought some tungsten putty to avoid using lead shot but it just occired to me that I have no idea what the environtmental impact tungsten has.

Anyway, my intention was not to complicate things but I did. I really like the coated weights I've seen the Brits using and despite the cost I odered some. I didnt lose any last year and I'm not using shot leads.
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   Old Thread  #10 18 Jan 2019 at 5.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was thinking the same. I am not familiar with all the many types of rigs. i dont know what this is called but im threading my lead on the main, tie a hook link swivel, then hook leader. My main is 50 lb test braid and hook link is 17-20 lb. test. I cant think of a option to both save leads and the fish will escape no matter where the line breaks. Thanks for the link. Ill check it out.
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   Old Thread  #9 17 Jan 2019 at 11.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Oh, spicy:P

Anyways, lead replacers are a bit of a thing in holland, run it through goofle translate if it interests you: https://www.loodvrijvissen.nl , quite some alternatives.

My take, complete bs to drop a lead in most cases, which takes away the need for alternatives, but that's a different subject altogether.
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   Old Thread  #8 17 Jan 2019 at 11.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thats a trite but convenient solution.
Polonium, mercury, arsenic....
Despiite all the senseless shootings, secondary schools in America still teach chemistry so I don't think '"naturally occurring" is a relevant factor here unless Im missing something.
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