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Ron Crandall of Ron's
is a swivel?
is an optional part of your terminal tackle that turns as your line turns
and keeps your line from twisting and knotting.
and Uses of Swivels
This is the most common type of swivel, and comes in chrome, brass
and black. This swivel is most commonly used to connect the line to
the leader and is the top end of a High-Low Rig. My preference is
to use a black rather than shiny, (chrome or brass), swivel, in order
to entice the fish to strike the bait rather than the swivel.
Snap swivels include the McMahon Snap, the Lock Snap, the Safety Snap,
and the Coastlock Snap. The Snap swivel is used at the end of your
line or leader and is used to attach your sinker, lure, jig, etc.
While it is not as critical, I still prefer a dark swivel to a shiny
This swivel attaches to your line and allows you to have a longish
leader for your bait, and a shorter leader for your sinker. This swivel
is used mostly by persons who tie their own leaders, and is rarely
sold as pre-tied leader rigs. Two three way swivels can also be used
to create a high-low rig. This is a very versatile swivel and one
of my favorites. I use it to vary the line weights to the hooks and
sinkers and main line.
This is a less frequently used swivel. It is a hollow tube through
which the main line runs, with a snap, or barrel swivel attached to
the middle of this tube. The bait is attached to the main line, and
the leader and sinker is attached to the snap. When a bottom fish
such as a halibut grabs your bait, it will mouth it first and swim
away. If the fish feels a drag, as from your sinker it will frequently
spit out your bait before you can set the hook. I've tried this swivel
a few times when chasing halibut and starry flounder.
Ball Bearing Swivels come in all of the above types and are three
to five times as expensive as the above listed types. They are rarely
used for inshore applications, but frequently used by salmon trollers.
there are a great variety of specialty swivels which I will not deal with
is a factor. A more expensive swivel will do its job, mainly swivel. Do
not buy the cheapest swivel that does not work, and discard any swivel
that is jammed.
if you are fishing in heavy kelp or rocks, or short distances, you may
wish to dispense with a swivel entirely, and tie hooks and sinkers directly
to your main line.