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Insert Vs Insert-Free Tungsten Weights

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Hey everyone, I was wondering which is better to use insert, or insert-free tungsten weights? I mainly fish fluorocarbons and co-poly lines and I am making the transition from lead to tungsten weights and I was wondering which was better and why? Thank u in advance

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I have heard both sides really. Some get away without the insert while others do not. Aaron Martens did a video on how to make an insert yourself with shrink tubing and a lighter.  It is super easy and it works.  I myself have never had a problem without a insert, but I almost always have one in.  I usually put the insert in after buying them. 

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I have used both and never had an issue with either for the most part besides one time where I was using an insert free VMC that frayed my line. Not using those weights anymore. All the other insert free ones haven't given me issues.

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Most all of mine have inserts that I have put in them. I use The technique mentioned above from Aaron Martens video to put them in. It really doesn't take that long after you do it a few times.

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I've never had problems with insert free but I have with insert. I've had weights that I couldn't get the line through without messing with the insert.

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I use only insert free because I want to have the option to add my own when and if I wanted.

Mike

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I've never used one with the insert, and never had any problems.

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I've never had problems with insert free but I have with insert. I've had weights that I couldn't get the line through without messing with the insert.

I've had this very issue myself, while I still have both types, I only buy insert free now.

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I've had issues with the inserts knicking my line so I use insert free now.

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Used both, no issues with fraying the line, just wear on the knot with FC and braid. But that's with heavier weights (3/4 to 1oz).  Found a use for those yellow bobber stoppers though and started putting them between the weight and the hook for punching and problem solved.

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I use insertless because I bought a ton of them on sale a while back. There must be a reason manufacturers put inserts in them though. Tungsten would be more abrasive IMO than a plastic insert unless the tungsten had the hole polished or the insert had a nick in it. I've used both kinds without a problem and usually put a red bead between the weight and hook for sound and color. Seems to work pretty good. For flippin', like said above, I use a bobber stop behind and in front of the weight. A trick learned from Big-O.

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i have used insert free ones for years and still have not had any problems. i have read that the insertfree weights will damage your line. well it must take some time cuz i havent seen it yet. i do retie my line often no matter what im fishing so keeping a fresh line and knot is probably the reason i never have any problems

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