However, if you factor in how long it takes to make slinkies, pencil lead moves right next to them. I've gone to pencil lead, because I just don't have the time to make slinkies any more. Maybe when I retire, I'll be back to slinkies.
Pencil lead takes one quick punch with the special pliers, and you're done. Also, one advantage with lead, is when you make one too heavy, one quick snip, and you've got the right bounce on your drift.
In my mind the use of slinkies is arcaic, sice the advent of puting lead or steel shot in heavy wall surgical tubing, and the use of pencil lead is only nessisary when you need more than an ounce and other types of sinkers get hung up too easy.
Depends. I like slinkies the best, but i've found out that if you hang up, you're more likely to loose your leader and all with them. Where as the hollow lead you can pull off and you'll get your leader back. Just my $0.02
In my opinion, both have their use. I like the feel of slinkies much better than pencil lead, but will use pencil lead when fishing runs that have little structure and a finer gravel or sandy like bottom.