split shot

noun
plural split shot

Definition of split shot

: a small ball-shaped sinker of malleable metal having a slit for the insertion of a fishing line

Examples of split shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The buoy and split shot work in tandem to offer more forgiveness when the fly is cast into a stream or river. New York Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Finally, the changing nature of the river during the drift called for constant changing of the amount of split shot and location of the strike indicator. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 24 Oct. 2021 The standard rig is to attack a tiny float to your fishing line, perhaps add a very small lead split shot on the line, and finish off the rig with a small hook or 1/16-ounce or 1/32-ounce lead head jig. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 18 Feb. 2021 This is useful not just for manipulating lead split shot, but also for working with the flat metal sleeves used in more elaborate wire rigs for big game fishing. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 19 Sep. 2019 Tie a small hook or tiny jig on the end of the line, add a lead split shot or two, and suspend the offering under a stick float. cleveland, 9 July 2020 Thread the last ⅛ inch of the grub head on a size 4 to 8 octopus or bait-style hook tied 18 to 24 inches below a large split shot or ⅛ to ¼ ounce egg sinker and swivel. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 18 June 2020 In deeper water or swifter current, a ⅛- to ¼-ounce egg sinker 18 to 36 inches ahead of a swivel or split shot is the rig of choice. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 18 June 2020 It’s considered an emerger, to be fished in the surface film or just below, yet some anglers fish it deeply with a split shot, like a nymph. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of split shot

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of split shot was in 1889

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4 Dec 2021

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“Split shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/split%20shot. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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