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lead wire size ?

Discussion in 'Barbel Basics and Juniors Forum' started by Nick Cunnington, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. hoping to do some rolling meat fishing on my annual trip to the severn ,have read about wrapping lead wire around a big hook as one way ,but what width of wire should I get ,theres some on ebay ,what size and particular hooks should I use as well ? any help on this style of fishing would be most helpful.
  2. Tom Casey

    Tom Casey Senior Member

    Finer soldering wire from electrical wholesalers , thicker from plumbers merchants .Sold by the spool .
  3. Paul Collins

    Paul Collins Senior Member

    17Swg is about right if my memory serves me correctly. In any case, lead wire is easily stretched to get it to your desired thickness if it's too thick.
  4. Dave Quinn

    Dave Quinn Senior Member

    I bought some 0.70 mm wire from eBay and it's not heavy enough
  5. John Walker

    John Walker Senior Member

    Nick, ray walton also uses heavy metal typepaste around the shank then shrink tubes on, it works fine :)
  6. Colin Bridger

    Colin Bridger Senior Member

    Check out suppliers of fly tying materials.