The seeds that sprouted into Glasswater Angling were planted in 2011 while touring the east coast researching colleges with our daughter. We were staying with friends in Massachusetts and it was there that I learned of lead free fishing laws not only in MA but in five other states as well (NH, VT, ME, NY, WA). The laws were enacted for the preservation of the American Loon whose populations were declining due to the ingestion of lost lead fishing lures and weights.*
While I found the praiseworthy I was very curious as to what sorts of alternatives the tackle industry was offering to help fishers stay within the lead free regulations. What I found on the store shelf was typical of first wave solutions. Thus, early lead free lures and sinkers tended to be more expensive, selection was limited and availability, especially outside the lead free states, was spotty. In light of this one of our founding principals is to get lead free tackle better visibility and distribution. We feel that if we offer anglers effective gear that is widely available at a fair price then most will make the move to lead free fishing on their own.
Lead is used in fishing lures because it is cheap, easy to get and can be readily crafted. Therefore, an alternative needs to rival or exceed these essentials in order to compete with lead in terms of performance and cost. We are pushing the limits of research into non-toxic materials of all kinds. At Glasswater we are testing lures and weights made of a variety of lead free mediums including tin, bismuth, tungsten, hematite, glass, mineral aggregate, steel and brass.
We always keep in mind as we find substitutions for lead that all fishers are out to catch fish. Being lead free doesn’t matter unless the gear is proven equal or better than lead tackle in terms of effectiveness. Not only is Glasswater making rock solid substitutions for existing designs in jig heads, spinners and weights but is marketing some very fine, fish catching baits developed in house. AngleKing and Crappie Dueller are double under spins of heretofore unseen construction. The consecutive blade arrays give the lures a look and action that drives fish crazy. And we have several other products and concepts in development.
As of 2019 we are on the fourth year of our quest. Our goal of becoming a major player in the fishing industry gets closer all the time. Thank you for visiting our site and for looking into lead free fishing. Lead contamination from fishing litter is something we can prevent. The best way to achieve this is to provide good tackle made from non toxic materials. Glasswater Angling is here to help angler’s catch more fish while moving towards “a better outdoors”.
*most of these laws were enacted for the conservation of loons, a species that is particularly prone to ingesting small lead weights and lures. Now MA has ten times the nesting pairs of loons as it had before the lead ban took affect. NY and NH have also enacted similar laws for the same reason and both have seen an increase in loon nesting pairs. Bordering states have also seen an increase in loons. Other species that are prone to picking up lead either as shot or fishing litter are swans, mergansers and ducks just to name a few. Bald eagles are vulnerable to secondary lead poisoning from eating contaminated waterfowl. Over ten million animals, mostly birds and mammals, are lost to lead poisoning each year from ingesting lead shot, bullets and fishing tackle. The sad thing is lead contamination is entirely preventable (source: National Audubon Society).