Here’s an interesting new product that just came to my attention: Salamander Sinkers’ line of flexible, snag-resistant, lead-free weights. The manufacturer says that there are lots of ways to use these things and West Coast steelhead and salmon anglers have found them useful for bobber-dogging, free-drifting and side-drifting when rigged with the line attached to just one end (like you would when using pencil lead and Slinkies).
Float anglers are also using them in-line between their bobbers and baits and trollers can also run them inline. I’m also hearing some rumblings of bass anglers fishing them drop-shot and Carolina style and it seems there are about a zillion other uses for these guys..like maybe using the smallest one (1/8-oz) in line with streamers for striper fly fishing on the Delta to get a little lower in the water column (that one just popped into my head as I was writing this!).
Anyway, much like a Slinky, Salamanders are flexible — which should help keep them from snagging much. Also, since they are made with steel and not lead, you’re going to get more of a glide-style drift when river fishing than the pound-pound-pound of lead.
And speaking of the lack of lead, if you happen to loose a Salamander Sinkers, you can feel better about the fact that you aren’t adding any toxic material to the water.
Salamander Sinkers come in several sizes from 1/8 ounces to 1 1/4 ounces. To learn more, click here: Salamander Sinkers.com