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How much more sensitive is tungsten to lead

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I was thinking of upgrading my worm weights from lead to tungsten.For those of you who have gone the tungsten route have you noticed a big increase in sensitivity since the switch? Is it possible to throw a figure at it ,like 10% more sensitive or 40% more sensitive than lead. Just curious.

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i switched some last year i didnt notice a big diffrence on the softer bottoms but in the rocky streams for smallies i could feel the bottom better when paired with flouro and my techspec casting rod

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I have noticed zero difference on soft bottom presentations such as texas rigged worms being dragged across silt or sand. However, when pulling a worm through laydowns or across rocks, there is a noticeable difference. Rocks feel like rocks and wood feel like wood, there is a distinct difference between the two with tungsten where as it is sometimes hard to tell with lead. Also, if you really want to learn the bottom, use tungsten with braid. It can almost be sensory overload at first but after a few false hooksets and snags, you learn :)

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I'm only guessing with this figure, but I'd say tungsten is about 30-40% more sensitive. Regardless of number, it is definitely more sensitive than lead. Even on mud bottoms, it will help you feel something when you run across it. It does seem a little ruffer on line with or without inserts, but is definitely a advantage in feeling bottom.

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I have noticed zero difference on soft bottom presentations such as texas rigged worms being dragged across silt or sand. However, when pulling a worm through laydowns or across rocks, there is a noticeable difference. Rocks feel like rocks and wood feel like wood, there is a distinct difference between the two with tungsten where as it is sometimes hard to tell with lead. Also, if you really want to learn the bottom, use tungsten with braid. It can almost be sensory overload at first but after a few false hooksets and snags, you learn :)

x2

I switched last year and I would definitely agree there is a noticeable difference when making contact with Anything.

The first time out, I set a new record low on hook up to strike ratio. Finally realized I was feeling lily pad stems on the bottom and not fish. I will not go back to lead and am anxiously waiting someone to make flipping and casting jig heads from tungsten as well.

;)

A-Jay

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I use both.  I use tungsten for serious fishing and lead for just messing around.  IMO there is a big difference.  Especially if you throw braid with tungsten.

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its just expensive only downside to it

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If you are making bottom contact with a T-rigged

presentation, the difference is "significant". Let's

say 25% better for instance.

8-)

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I use both. I use tungsten for serious fishing and lead for just messing around. IMO there is a big difference. Especially if you throw braid with tungsten.

Tungsten jigs in your future?  Sign me up if so.  ;)

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How much more sensitive is tungsten than lead?...

I have found that lead can take a joke and give it right back, but tungsten gets all defensive if you tell a momma joke. Just sayin.... ;)

Ronnie

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I switched last year, and my first trip out i couldn't believe the difference!!  I'd say about 30% more sensitive at least.  Make sure you get weights without the insert in them though, as the insert takes away some sensitivity. 

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If you are making bottom contact with a T-rigged

presentation, the difference is "significant". Let's

say 25% better for instance

I agree 100%

8-)

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I am going to say 30 % or better. I feel things that I cannot feel with lead. I won't go back to lead again.

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I got some BPS Pro series tungsten jigs to try

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Tungsten's other advantage is that it is denser and therefore smaller for the same given weight.  The smaller size weight is less prone to opening the fish's mouth on a hook set.

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I have noticed zero difference on soft bottom presentations such as texas rigged worms being dragged across silt or sand. However, when pulling a worm through laydowns or across rocks, there is a noticeable difference. Rocks feel like rocks and wood feel like wood, there is a distinct difference between the two with tungsten where as it is sometimes hard to tell with lead. Also, if you really want to learn the bottom, use tungsten with braid. It can almost be sensory overload at first but after a few false hooksets and snags, you learn :)

x2

I switched last year and I would definitely agree there is a noticeable difference when making contact with Anything.

The first time out, I set a new record low on hook up to strike ratio. Finally realized I was feeling lily pad stems on the bottom and not fish. I will not go back to lead and am anxiously waiting someone to make flipping and casting jig heads from tungsten as well.

;)

A-Jay

add me in on this too! it was my first time using a texas rig and i used the tungsten. they are almost too sensitive as i had tonnnnnns of false "pick ups" lol its like every rock or abnormality you hit feels like a strike and its kind of upsetting being sure you have a fish when you actually dont. haha but i can also blame that on inexperience. i was using them on a soft bottom with rocks and stuff spread around and i like them a lot. the only thing keeping me from gettin more is money.i get a lot more in a pack for about half the price with lead. lead is slightly less sensitive and about twice the size and i use 3/8oz weights.

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