A fishing swivel is a small device consisting of two rings connected to a pivoting joint. The main purpose of the swivel is to allow the line to untwist during line retrieval, preventing undesirable tangling. This is particularly important for users of monofilament test line.
Do you need to use a swivel for fishing?
Most lures, such as a crankbait, will not twist on the retrieve, so a swivel is not required. So if you are fishing for a species that tends to twist the line, the best bet is to use a swivel. The steel leader with a swivel is the best choice when pursuing fish with sharp teeth.
How do you put a swivel on a fishing line?
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Should I use a swivel with braided line?
Swivels are great for connecting braid to monofilament very quickly, especially if you are not versed on the best knots to tie mono to braid. Swivels are great for connecting braid to fluorocarbon very quickly, especially if you are not versed on the best knots to tie fluorocarbon to braid.
When should I use a swivel?
The core benefit of a swivel is to prevent your line from twisting, so situations in which line twists are a risk is when swivels should be used. Note: Line twists are bad for anglers because twists can weaken the line and they also can cause the line to get itself into knots when casting (ex: those pesky wind knots).
Do you use a swivel with a jig?
Jigs are finesse lures designed to be tied direct to the fishing line. No snaps, swivels or quick clips should be used with attaching a jig to fishing line.