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Old 09-14-2010, 11:57 PM
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For about two years, I have been experimenting with tungsten putty to be used as external weight on my nymph rigs. My issue with split shot was that it created weak spots on my leaders.

The one that I like the best is AirFlo's DiDo. It is available in three densities (DiDo 1, DiDo 2, DiDo 3). DiDo 3 is the heaviest. I use DiDo 3 since it is easier to use less rather than to pack more on. Like other tungsten putties, it is reusable and environmentally safe.

What I found is that it is easy to apply. Just pinch and roll it between your fingers onto the leader material. I could roll a thin layer of putty on my leader which makes it hydrodyamically efficient compared to a round blob.

Best of all, it holds its shape. The putty hardens when it is cooled by water. Some putties shrink when it cools in the water.

I will admit that it isn't perfect. Snags can pull it off (which can be good in some cases). When applying it, I found myself trying to guess how much I needed. Whereas with split shot, I have a pretty good idea how much to use. And like split shot and other putties, it can be knocked off when repeated overhead casting.

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Thanks MP Ill have to check that out.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:19 AM
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MP: I like the concept, the issue I have had in the past with moldable putty is keeping it on the line, after a dozen casts I find that I need to reapply. Are you finding the same issue or maybe I'm not applying it correctly.
I'll get some AirFlo's DiDo and give it a try.

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Mosca, is on it. I use the stuff a lot. You think you are getting a drift, then add putty, and catch fish. I mostly water load, and roll cast, but if you overhead cast it can fly off.

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That putty is nice but can fly off when making longer casts. I use split shot too.
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As mosca suggested....
when you get back a leader with only split shot left on it, you are the victim of bruising.
Walter will find the weakest link in your system. When it's game on with him, I don't want my leader pre-weakened. Just don't throw tight loops, putty won't cling with the extra G force. I do a clinic with a few clients. I install shot, then take it off, they can see a cloudiness in the Nylon. Then I do a break test, snaps every time right at the cloudy spot.
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Hi Everyone,

I tried the putty sold by Orvis several years ago and didn't like it. Once I put it on I could not move it or take it off with out some hassle.

I use a lot of split shot with nymph fishing for Trout and don't have a problem with weakening the tippet. I tie my tippet on using a loop to loop connection. The split shot goes on the loop of the tippet above the knot. The knot keeps the shot from sliding down the tippet so you don't have to crimp it as tightly. I use pliers to crimp the split shot gap closed but the back side of the split is not as tight. You can adjust the distance from the shot to the fly by the length of the tippet.

It may not be the best method but it works for me.

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Like Big, I waterload and rollcast and seldom overhead cast when nymphing. The putty stays put. Those casts keep an open loop. They are more or less lob-style casts. The putty is pliable enough to return to its shape. But it won't do it in those high-G tight line loops that Big mentioned.

I also tried the Orvis putty that Frank mentioned, Rio's version, and a few others. I was not pleased with the Orvis putty for the reasons that Frank mentioned. The Rio putty stuck on the leader well, but I couldn't pinch it on as skinny as I wanted to. Rio decided to discontinue its product.

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Like Big, I waterload and rollcast and seldom overhead cast when nymphing. The putty stays put. Those casts keep an open loop. They are more or less lob-style casts. The putty is pliable enough to return to its shape. But it won't do it in those high-G tight line loops that Big mentioned.

I also tried the Orvis putty that Frank mentioned, Rio's version, and a few others. I was not pleased with the Orvis putty for the reasons that Frank mentioned. The Rio putty stuck on the leader well, but I couldn't pinch it on as skinny as I wanted to. Rio decided to discontinue its product.

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MP: Are you using Di-Do1, Di-Do2 or Di-Do3?

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I use DiDo 3.

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