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grego
07-20-2001, 03:00 PM
Lead Sinkers & Jigs are Illegal in NH Lakes & Ponds; I did not Know That!

Go To:
http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing.htm
Then Click on: "Get The Lead Out"

Guess I'm Off to Walmart For some Lead-Free Sinkers!

TinMan
07-20-2001, 09:37 PM
grego (07-20-2001 04:00 p.m.):
Lead Sinkers & Jigs are Illegal in NH Lakes & Ponds; I did not Know That!

Go To:
http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing.htm
Then Click on: "Get The Lead Out"

Guess I'm Off to Walmart For some Lead-Free Sinkers!

Yes, and they are illegal in Wachusett and Quabbin as well.

juro
07-22-2001, 01:22 PM
I think lead weights should be prevented in as many places as possible, particularly freshwater lakes used for drinking, and those important to bird life (split shot, etc).

Maybe, for those who might be compelled to do so, raising a lead-conscious campaign on the umpteen-gazillion gear fishing sites that come back from a web search would get more people to stop using lead?

John Desjardins
07-22-2001, 09:18 PM
Greg & Juro, I have switched to non-lead weights for the most fishing and have a few problems with it. First, the tin weights do not stay on the leader as well as lead unless I really crimp them with hemostats. The bare tin weights are the worst in this regard.
The second problem is what to do with all the old lead weights?

DFix
07-23-2001, 08:01 AM
Greg - up to and including one ounce size, though I figure you've already found that out. Hope it wasn't by beint cited and fined.

John, the bismuth sinkers might work a little better if you try the ones with the rubber keepers in the middle. Otherwise, I'd have to suggest jamming a little paper or some such into the gap in the splitshot before you crimp it.

John Desjardins
07-23-2001, 09:20 AM
Dave, The Dunsmore resin coated shot work reasonably well. It's not as good lead but I can live with it. However, I have a lot of trouble with the plain tin shot.

As a side note to this last weekend I stopped for lunch beside the Still river in Sterling and from the lack of notice on the signs, I would have to guess that lead sinkers are allowed in the tributaries to the Wachussett reservoir.

DFix
07-23-2001, 02:45 PM
John - here's another stupid idea from the makers of rubber bands (I thought of it - better be some royalty money in this one :) ) put the line in the shot and stretch a piece of elastic in and let it relax and crimp ???

mayflyman
08-10-2001, 10:40 AM
Try drilling holes in small stones.
Weigh small lucky-stones (quarts) it is easy to find one oz. stones.
Put them in a padded vice and put on your safty glasses.
I use a DREMEL rotory tool and a stone cutting bit to make a small hole in the stones.
Then a heavy mono loop and I'm done.
Stone sinkers :)
mayflyman

juro
08-10-2001, 02:47 PM
Are sinkers really necessary? I never used them and have been able to get the fly down using either beadhead nymphs behind a dry or a sinking tip line.

On many flyfishing-only rivers out west weight is illegal.

Salty
08-12-2001, 07:37 PM
That has been in effect on the upper Conn. for years, I was talking to a warden about that and he said ,I will never tell you to take a fly apart.

mayflyman
08-13-2001, 07:48 AM
For weighted nymphs, I use many turns of heave copper wire. NEVER LEAD.....:o :o :o
I was talking earlier in this post about stone sinkers only because I forgot which forum I was in... ^_^
I only passed that along because some people fish both ways, Flyfishing & Non-Flyfishing.
mayflyman

John Desjardins
08-13-2001, 08:56 AM
Juro, I use sinkers while flyfishing for several reasons.

1. Much of my fishing is done with a four weight. I dislike sink tip lines and have not found a full sinking line that sinks fast in this line weight. All manufacturers stop making their type 4 or 5 full sink lines at five or six weights.

2. I may only want the weight on for a few casts at a particular lie. Sometime even a weighted bead head needs some help to get to the bottom fast.

3. Imho the use of Rio weighted leaders or a short section of LC 13 between the line & leader does not work well.

This is not meant to say that I like using sinkers while fly fishing. I find that using them can help catch fish at times. They are a pain to cast though. Just adding my 2 cents to the discussion.

Salty
08-13-2001, 01:25 PM
When I was a kid, we used spark plugs, I wonder if you still can, the gas they are burning is unleaded.