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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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   Old Thread  #7 12 Jan 2019 at 11.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Lead is naturally occurring and an element I certainly would not worry about using for leaders. I may loose 1 or 2 a year.
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   Old Thread  #6 12 Jan 2019 at 9.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice to have a coating but not essential.
Surely there's a type of angling that uses lead weights of a suitable size?
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   Old Thread  #5 12 Jan 2019 at 1.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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trouble with stones is they are not heavy enough and they cast rubbish your accuracy goes out the window to a degree
why not buy some moulds and make your own leads ?
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   Old Thread  #4 11 Jan 2019 at 11.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Old mobile phones, don't you call them cell phones over there
Out of interest what make and models work best
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   Old Thread  #3 11 Jan 2019 at 11.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Stonz make leads from stone and have done for a long time here in the U.K. Such a shame with the advent of quick release leads that none of the major tackle companies have seen the need to source a environmentally friendly lead alternative.
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