The Gentle Way to Add Split Shot

Split shot can be a helpful tool for float fishing, but traditional methods can damage your line. Here’s a clever technique to add split shot gently, minimizing weak spots:

What You’ll Need:

  • Split shot (non-toxic recommended)
  • Pliers or fishing tool
  • Monofilament fishing line (Note: This method may not work with other line types)


  1. Slide It On: Instead of squeezing the split shot directly onto your line, slide it all the way down to the end.
  2. Crimp and Slide: With pliers, firmly crimp the shot closed on the very tip of the line (the soon-to-be-discarded end). Now, slide the shot back up the line, moving it away from the flattened area created by the crimp.
  3. Work the Slide: The resistance you feel is the shot rubbing against the flattened part. This friction will actually create a small opening in the split. Keep sliding back and forth until the shot loosens up enough to move freely.
  4. Fine-Tuning (Optional): If the shot is still too tight, use the tool’s edge to carefully pry it open slightly for a better grip.
  5. Clip and Discard: Once all your split shot are positioned correctly, simply snip off the damaged end of the line you crimped earlier.

Additional Tips:

  • This method works well with monofilament lines from 2.5lb to 4.5lb test and non-toxic split shot sizes #6 to Swan shot.
  • For lighter lines or hook links, consider using micro split shot or stotz (designed to minimize line damage).
  • Always double-check your knots and line integrity before fishing.

By following these steps, you can add split shot to your line without compromising its strength.

Images/Source: AmateurAngling

This entry was posted in Fishing Sinkers, Split Shot Sinkers and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.