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Snap-swivel or tie every lure?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Dennis in MA, May 28, 2010.


  1. Dennis in MA

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    I grew up tying bad knots. Instead of screwing up continuously, I'd just toss a snap-swivel on there and change lures quickly.

    Last year I learned a very fast knot - have no idea what it's called. I tie directly now, but it seems so many sources I read they are using snap-swivels.

    Was I ahead of my time before???

    Do you use a snap or tie each lure? If you tie, what knot do you use?

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    Found the knot - Reverse Clinch Knot
    http://www.lurenet.com/FishingResou...onesDisplaysReverseCinch?speed=WM_MediumSpeed

    Takes me about 15-20 seconds.
     

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  2. Jonesee

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    I was always taught that if the lure spinned, you use a swiviel or snap swivel (which is what you are referrring to). Other than that you tied directly.

    A Mepps bucktail gets a swivel. A top water plug gets tied directly...

    Anything in salt or brackish water is always tied directly. In salt water you can use a swivel, but you attach a leader to it and tie the leader directly to the bait.
     

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  3. DJ Niner

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    Pretty much the way I was taught to do it, as well. If we were freshwater fishing for anything with teeth/bony protrusions in the mouth (Northern Pike, for instance), we always tied directly, because otherwise the teeth would tear-up the line just above the swivel and it would break much sooner.
     
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    Always used a steel leader on Northern Pike. The leader had a swivel in it.
     
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    Didn't see/use those until much later in life. My fishing instructors were rather, uh, "frugal." :supergrin: I think the grown-ups did use them for Muskie, but all that stuff was considered specialized equipment, and the kiddies weren't allowed to mess with the Muskie gear... :dunno:


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  6. BlackBelt

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    I use snap swivels on everything except plastic worms and any type of suspension jerk bait (the swivels weigh them down).
    I am horrible at tying knots, so swivels have always been my friend.
     
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  9. Dennis in MA

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    OK, I cheated over the weekend. I used the rod rigged for my daughter and Texas rigged some Yum Dingers. Because it's rigged for her, it's got a snap swivel on it. Given the light weight, I found it a bit helpful in casting into the grass beds. LOL
     
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    It sounds like many people are connecting the hook or lure right to the swivel. I can't say I've done this often. When using a snap swivel, I always tie a leader between the hook and the swivel. I think I have developed this habit because many of the waters I fish are ultra-clear and fish can see the swivel. Putting the swivel 12-14" above the hook still allows the swivel to function without giving an unnatural look to the baited hook.