Tin is a soft, malleable, ductile and highly crystalline silvery-white metal. When a bar of tin is bent, a crackling sound known as the "tin cry" can be heard from the twinning of the crystals.Tin melts at low temperatures of about 232 °C (450 °F),
Why Tin Works
Here are a few reasons I feel tin is superior to lead.
First and perhaps foremost, tin is approximately 2/3 the weight of lead by volume. This means a lure can maintain a larger profile without any added or unnecessary weight – an important consideration when accurately matching the size of certain forage fish, like shad or blueback herring.
And because it weighs less by volume, lures molded with tin can be retrieved at much slower speeds, yet remain high in the water column – regardless of blade size or configuration. This is particularly advantageous when fishing over shallow grass, stumps or brush, or when trying to attract fish from long distances.
A Jig molded with tin will shake and pulse more, where lead tends to dampen vibration. Tin spinnerbaits also fall much slower and more seductively than lead, which is ideal when drop-fishing the lure for bass in cold water situations – like in standing timber or along bluff banks.
Tin-molded spinnerbaits can be advantageous in stained water as well. They can stay in the strike zone longer, maximizing the pulse and flash that help fish to zero in.
When a high-speed retrieve is required, this same spinnerbait can track at warp speed without rolling over. So long as the lure is correctly balanced, it should run true at any rate of speed.
Another benefit to tin is that it’s much harder than lead. It won't easily ding when struck against solid objects, like dock pilings or riprap. When lead-formed lures strike these objects, they tend to dent and cause paint loss.
Perhaps one of the most important aspect of tin is that it is eco-friendly. It’s safe to fish and other forms of wildlife, where lead is not. Lead is highly toxic and we keep leaving way too much of it in the habitat our fish and birds depend on.
If you’ll give tin a try, I think you too will discover its advantages.