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All the naysayers owe it to themselves to try tungsten....certainly it isn't a cure-all for stubborn fish, because nothing is. But, when the goal is to catch fish 12 months out of the year, under darn near any possible circumstance, tungsten absolutely has a spot in my jig box. And a pretty large spot at that.
Tungsten allows one to do things that are difficult, if not impossible, with lead. I don't buy it because some guy in a magazine told me too....I use it because I've experienced it's benefits firsthand. When the water cools and those big gills head deep, you need to get down there to em'. Trouble is, as their metabolism slows, oftentimes so does their desire to slam big baits. How then, do you present a smaller offering while maintaining the weight needed to get down to the strike zone?
Sure, you could pile on lead weights, or upsize your offering. And you're most likely going to catch a few fish that way too. But what if switching to a smaller, heavier, tungsten offering allowed you to catch twice as many fish in the same time frame???
Catching bluegills in the spring and summer is easy...fall and winter are another story altogether. Yes, tungsten is expensive. So are brand name rods, fancy reels, and state of the art fishing lines. None of that is necessary to catch bluegills now and then. But I submit that all of it, either when used together or individually, can help you catch more bluegills, bigger bluegills, and have more fun doing it.
Tungsten might be the way to go but I just can't see forking that kind of money over unless you use then yourself it just don't seem to very cost effective, seems like you'd never be able to recoup your money.
I've tied some "jigs" using Tungsten beads, on fly hooks. Nice and hefty. Now I just need to get around to fishing them......
Totally get that Led! Have you tied up anything using tungsten jigs, or do you stick with lead since you pour your own? I love the way that heavy metal lets me downsize and still fish deep quickly.
Haven't tried it Ken - really like the co-polymer lines now days.
Like the heft of Tungsten Tony - rather use jigs I pour, paint, & tye (personal thing). Want to catch a world record on my creation.
have you ever tried microbraid and a fluorocarbon leader?
Carl - red eye to Ontario airport - during the week - has to be cheap.....
Jim- 1lb is fun but you lose too many fish & jigs.
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