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Lighter than lead but great for most applications
Reviewer: A viewer from Blacksburg, VA US
Love this wire, it is not as heavy as lead but it is safer to work with and still sinks pretty well. If you need to get deeper than this stuff will let you go then you need to use tungsten beads or add weight to your tippet. It tears right off just by pinching at the end of the wraps and winds very easily without breaking as easily as lead. One tip to keep the thread from slipping between the coils is to leave your tag end long when you tie in your thread and pull it back and tight alongside the coils and wrap your thread around both the tag end of thread and the wire, then turn and go the other way. This is quick to do and as long as you keep it tight allows the thread to form a "platform" for subsequent wraps to go against without slipping into the coils.
Wish They Had Larger Spools
Reviewer: A viewer from Missoula, MT US
I prefer to do my part and go lead-free...face it, when going subsurface for fish in the tough spots they like to live, you can lose flies in a hurry. The .015 and .025 sizes are probably the most functional for almost all your trout flies...but if you have the hook/fly size and want to sink faster, the larger sizes will get it done. (Or just consider tungsten heads) This stuff isn't quite as heavy as lead, but it still takes them down well enough. It's also soft enough to pinch off with your fingernails, so no need for scissors. My only desire is for larger spools. Seems I get about ten size-8 or so buggers and the spool is toast.
Reviewer: A viewer from Glendale, AZ US
If I compare one on one with lead, it is a lighter product, that is why I rated it four stars. Specific gravity of lead is 11, and this product is about 7 or 8... so sink rate will be less. It is soft and does wrap the same. Great to have if around children... you don't have to worry about them getting lead poisoning by accident.
My favorite weight
Reviewer: A viewer from Mebane, NC US
This is the only wight I use. It does everything that it should, cutting easily without dulling my scissors, wrapping easily, and not coming undone. I don't get why everybody doesn't use this leadfree wire because it's just as good as lead wire but is more environmentally friendly.