"The shot is fine at getting the flies down in a hurry and the dispenser is good, though it does wear out and the top has spun around freely and dropped some shot before. Easy to crimp onto the leader, but has a tendency to slide up and down when casting. Over-crimping breaks the shot often and it is almost impossible to remove from leader."
Response from Orvis:By Orvis Customer Service Team, February 8, 2013
Thank you for your feedback regarding this product. In order to make this split shot non-toxic, it is constructed out of tin, which due to its very nature, is less pliable than lead. This can result in the shot sliding up or down a leader and means that it will not be as easy to attach or remove. For a more pliable option, we suggest using Heavy Metal Extra Sink Putty, which is made of tungsten, has a weight comparable to lead, and is also non-toxic. As always, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our products.
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Review 3 for Non-Toxic Oval Shot
good weight choice,
May 14, 2012
from Central Vt.
"used most all the new lead - free wt. and this is the best; heavy for the size, easy on; nice dull finish; quick easy dispenser; little brittle for re-use, but other than that it's great."
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Review 4 for Non-Toxic Oval Shot
November 1, 2011
"The split shot container seems like it's high quality."
Fine for small tippet, Disappointing on big stuff,
September 7, 2011
from Newtown, CT
"I've used these for small stream fishing and they work just fine -- good grip on the leader and adequate weight to get down deep. In fact, I'm just about out of the two small sizes.
I was in Alaska this past week trying to catch some large Rainbows and used this shot on 16lb leaders. This shot just would not grip. They either slipped down the leader or the came off while casting. And when I used a plier to try and get them squeezed down good, they just split along the back seam.
So, if you're using it for light leaders I think it's a solid product. For big leaders, you're probably better off with something else. I found lead shot to be the only thing that gave adequate grip on 16lb leaders."
"I've had great luck utilizing this split shot on the river.
Pros: Gets your flies down and can be used with small nymphs (as previously stated in other reviews). Non-toxic (made of tin), so not a problem to the environment. Non-reflective coating helps keep the fish from noticing it.
Cons: More difficult to tie in your line than tranditional environmentally toxic split shot, but it's worth the trade off to give a little bit back to the environment. Probably doesn't sink as fast as lead. Doesn't fall off the line like sink putty can after lots of use. Have to tie it in near a know, or double loop it to keep it from falling up or down the line.
Overall, a nice product and worth checking out to give Mother Nature a little help and keep the environment clean for our children to fish in the same rivers."
They also fall apart quite easily if you are not careful when closing of opening them.
They slide down the tippet if you don't double turn the line into them.
not a big fan"
Response from Orvis:By Orvis Customer Service Team, July 17, 2011
While lead works better than tin-shot, it is in fact toxic to the environment and is banned in many parts of the country. Even though it would be easier to use, we don’t sell lead shot for that reason and consider it a worthy trade-off. To keep tin shot from sliding down the leader, place it just above a knot if possible. We paint it black to eliminate shine, but care is needed when applying to avoid scraping off the paint. Tin shot is not designed to be reusable. A good option is sink putty which is reusable and adheres well to a leader.
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Review 8 for Non-Toxic Oval Shot
one time use only,
June 16, 2011
from flagstaff, az
"streamlined shape of the weight creates less snags in weeds, grass, etc, but very difficult if not impossible to remove and reuse."
"The nice thing about this split shot is that it is small enough to use on small nymphs. However, they don't have the pinch release feature. As a consequence, one they are on, they are very difficult to get off - especially while standing in river. In fact, the only real way to get them off, especially the small ones, is to slide it off the end of the line. That works well if you are changing your nymph anyway, but if you simply went with too much weight, and you want to remove a shot or two - very difficult to do."