are snag resistant and lead free. Use them for bottom
bouncing, casting, current, drifting, and trolling.
They are extremely effective in current. In still
water the tubular design makes long casts a breeze.
Salamander Sinkers are great for bass, salmon, steelhead,
trout, walleye and other types of fish.
Use Salamander Sinkers with all types of bait including:
beads, roe, eggs, floating baits (crankbaits,plastics,
and others) and live bait.
For ultra light and
light fishing use the 1/8 and ¼ oz model. We recommend
6 -10 lb pole line (preferable low visibility braided
line) on a light pole. Use a 4-8 lb fluorocarbon or
For more challenging
conditions use the 3/8 - 1 1/4
model with 10 - 30 lb pole line (preferable low visibility
braid) on a medium heavy pole. Use a 6-20 lb fluorocarbon
or monofilament leader.
fishing applications with Salamander Sinkers
The diagram below
shows how much area can be covered using the Salamander
Sinkers. By targeting cast to specific areas an angler
can cover a vast amount of space. Also by leaving
the bale open after the cast the current will carry
the bait down stream and pull line off the spool greatly
extending the casting distance.
Anglers can choose
one of Salamander Sinkers models with enough weight
so that the bait travels at current speed, bouncing
occasionally on the bottom where fish hold. Salamander
Sinkers snag resistant properties allows anglers to
fish obstructions that would hang up traditional rigs.
Configure the rig either with the enhanced Carolina
Rig or 3-way swivel to make rock covered fishing environments
totally accessible. Salamander Sinkers lead free construction
makes it ideal for anglers and the environment. Its
inline design prevents the bait from wrapping around
Select a Salamander
Sinkers for the particular conditions that you are
fishing and tie it to the end of the pole line.
Then tie a 1- 4 foot
leader to the second eye of the swivel with your favorite
makes it much easier to detect a strike compared to
an inline configuration. It works great in current
where there is great potential to snag. It is very
effective for use with fluorocarbon line which is
susceptible to leader break off. This configuration
is excellent for steelhead fishing.
Most snags are caused
by the hook making contact with an obstruction. To
avoid this problem use weedless hooks or rig your
bait in a weedless manner.
For anglers who like
to quickly switch out leaders rig tie the pole line
to the eye of the first swivel as before.
Now use the single
swivel configuration with a double lock snap attached
to the second eye of the swivel. With the addition
of a swivel the leader can be changed out in seconds.
For anglers who
like the sinker to slide on the line try this configuration.
It uses a sinker slide which lets the sinkers to move
back and forward on the line and also allows for quick
change out of the sinker if current conditions change.
A 3- way swivel can be used to attach the sinker.
Use it with crankbaits, plastics or live bait.
The traditional Carolina
Rig style where a leader of 6 to 36 inches is attached
to the sinker. Any traditional bait such as worms,
grubs, and other soft plastics can be used in addition
to natural bait.
The sinker is extremely
effective in current such as swift rivers and creeks
where the angler casts upstream and allows the current
to push the rig downstream. It doesn't bounce in current
like a jig but slides across the rocks allowing the
bait to remain at a constant level and speed semi-independent
of the sinker. Due to its inline design, the sinker
will not tumble or entangle in swift current or during
a fast retrieve.
Carolina Rig fishing
Salamander Sinkers drop
shot is tied directly to the pole line. This prevents
loss of the sinker. Insert the line through the eye
of the swivel and tie your favorite knot. The choice
of hook depends on the angler although a circle shaped
dropshot hook is very effective. Use a Palomar knot
to tie the hook on the line. For instructions on tying
a Palomar knot click
here. Fluorocarbon and monofilament lines work well.
Use 6 -10 lb line for general fishing.
This rig works great for bass, crappies and other
species. Retie the knot connecting the line periodically
to prevent line/knot failure.
Baits can vary from
3-5 inch worms to dropshot plastics to live bait.
Hook the bait at the end with the hook exposed for
normal conditions. The bait can also be rigged weedless
if fishing in an obstructed environment. The length
of the tag line or leader can vary also. Usually a
length of 6 to 24 inches is sufficient.
When fishing with Salamander Sinkers always
use the larger test rated line on your pole rather
than on your leader. For example if the leader is
rated at 10 lb test use at least 20 to 30 lb test
(preferably braided for line diameter, sensitivity
and strength) on your pole. Use low visibility line
especially for steelhead fishing. The reason for this
requirement is the hook will inadvertently encounter
an obstruction at the bottom of the fishing environment
and become snagged. When pressure is applied to the
line a break will occur at the least point of resistance
which in this case will be the leader. The break will
most likely occur where the leader is attached to
the hook or the sinker. Also many anglers use monofilament
line in the range of 10 lb. If you fish an area where
multiple break offs have occurred the the braid line
is needed to pull through these obstructions.
Use fluorocarbon or monofilament line for
your leader. Fluorocarbon is practically invisible
to fish while the stretch properties of monofilament
line allows for better hook set.
Attach one end of the leader to the closed end of
the sinker and attach the other end of the leader
to the hook and tie with a knot. There are many different
types of knots that can be used depending on the preference
of the angler. There are three great sites that contain
details on knots used specifically for fishermen.
One web site is Grog™
which has a section devoted to fishing. Another good
place to learn how to tie knots for fishing is TnOutdoorsmen.
Finally, if you like videos try VideoFishingKnots.
types of hooks can be used with Salamander Sinkers.
Jig tails and grub tails work well with a floating
jig. Regular hooks can also be used especially if
they are bent at the eye such as worm hooks. Do not
use weight jig hooks or attach additional weight to
the hook. The hook should be as light and small as
Plastic worms on a worm hook have been staple bait
for many fishermen. Color selection is a consideration
and the general rule is dark colors in darker water
and light colors in lighter water. Shape and size
are experimental, personal and subjective matters.
Popular soft plastics include worms, lizards, and
tubes in a wide range of colors. Make sure the point
of the hook is slightly embedded in the bait to prevent
snagging with obstructions. Live bait such as minnows
and worms can also be used.
The selection of a rod should be based on your personal
preference and the fishing environment. The river
angler wading in waist deep water may prefer a 6-9
foot medium action rod for control and usability while
a bass fisherman on a boat may prefer a 7 foot rod
because it is better suited for his quarry. Make sure
your rod is rated for the weight of the sinker.
face spinning reels work well with Salamander Sinkers.
High gear ratios allow the angler to take up slack
in the line quickly when fishing in a fast environment
such as swift water. Bait casting reels are exceptional
when fishing calmer waters.
That's about all there
is to rigging up Salamander Sinkers. Try the sinkers
for yourself and you will experience the performance,
fun and pleasure of what fishing should be!