I also use glass beads. I’d heard that glass beads work well with lead bullet weights because the lead is soft and does not chip the glass. When I switched to tungsten bullets, Todd advised me to quit using glass beads because the dense tungsten will break the glass leaving sharp edges that will damage my line. He gave me a quart ziploc with a couple hundred plastic beads of all colors.
I took his word for it, but after awhile I missed my glass beads and I started using them again with tungsten weights. I would carefully examine the bead after each cast. It did not take but a couple of casts for the tungsten weight to chip the bead causing sharp edges. For me, the advantages of tungsten outweigh the benefits of glass beads, so I pretty much gave up on glass beads for Texas rig.
The advantage that tungsten gives me is purely sensory. Six years ago I tried braided line (PowerPro 50#) and I was blown away by how much more sensory feedback from the Texas rig lead bullet/braid over the stretchy nylon mono (Big Game 12#) I had always used before. I could actually feel the bottom and start to understand what the pros meant when they talked about feeling rocks, wood, shell, etc. Also the bite detection improved a lot.
I fished straight braid for less than a year before moving on to flouro (also low-stretch). Then I tried tungsten weights. The difference in feel from lead to tungsten was nearly as dramatic as the switch from mono to low-stretch line. The bottom feel feedback and bite detection improved again.
I agree that it is not good to litter the lake with lead, but it is tons cheaper than tungsten and an excellent density for fishing weights.
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