How to Rig Fishing Swivels

How to Rig Fishing Swivels
Swivels are pieces of terminal tackle that make all kinds of fishing rigs possible. From freshwater drop shots to bottom-searching surf rigs, swivels are used to connect two or more lengths of line together. Swivels typically feature two or three line connecting eyes that are attached to a rotating barrel swivel. The eyes manage the lines by keeping them separate, and the swivels prevent the lines from becoming twisted and kinked. A small selection of swivels should find their way into every angler's tackle box.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament line (main line)
  • Monofilament line (18 to 20 inches)
  • Swivel
  • Snips
Step 1
Attach the swivel to the main line with an improved clinch knot. Insert three to four inches of the main line free end, or tag, through one of the swivel eyes.
Step 2
Begin forming the knot by wrapping the tag end around the main line six to seven turns. Start near the eye of the swivel and work up the line, making sure to keep the wraps concentric.
Step 3
Pass the tag end down and through the small loop formed with the line just above the swivel's eye. Pull the line through, but do not tighten.
Step 4
Pass the tag end through the elongated loop to the side of the knot, moisten slightly and pull tight. Trim excess from the knot with a pair of snips.
Step 5
Attach the shorter 18- to 20-inch length of line to the eye on the opposite side of the swivel using another improved clinch knot. Pull the knot down securely, and trim excess line from the knot with snips.

Tips & Warnings

Attach a snap to the free end of the short length of line, or tie a hook directly to the line with an improved clinch knot.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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