I have watched catters in boats on Y-tube "drift" bait and it amazed me how little they snag the sinkers....so, I started investigating the types of sinkers they use (thought something like that may work for bank fishing). Over the past few months I tried the paracord filled with lead thing, and I was still snagging from time to time...but better than my no rolls, etc. So, I started playing around...started with BIG plastic straws (to weak for hard casting)....and ended up with these. I have tried them at some of the best "snag spots" I fish, and surprisingly I have not had a snag once!!! I had one hang up just a bit but slight pressure broke it free....and saved the paper clip and weight. I use the paper clips as a release device just in case I do get hung up but havent had to break off yet (knock on wood). I am just going to keep using these to see where it goes, but, I think them being rigid and fairly long is the key to their success. Just made them from some old PVC,and lead shot I had laying around, etc, so they are rough looking, but cheap......also, they do not seem to hinder casting distance in any way. I use these with a dropper loop rig.