How to Attach Hooks, Swivels & Bobbers to Fishing Rods

How to Attach Hooks, Swivels & Bobbers to Fishing Rods
Hooks, swivels and bobbers are attached to the end of a fishing line and commonly referred to as terminal tackle. Attached to the end of a fishing line or used to make up rigs for specific game fish or fishing situations, hooks, swivels and bobbers are used by anglers in fresh and saltwater. Attaching these pieces of terminal tackle to a fishing line is a simple task that can be successfully accomplished.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Fish hook
  • Barrel swivel
  • Bobber float
Step 1
Cut a 2 foot length of line from the end of your main fishing line. This will be used as a leader for a basic bobber float fishing rig.
Step 2
Remove the peg from the end of the bobber float that is made of foam, wood or plastic. The peg will commonly be made of plastic, wood or rubber. Slide the bobber onto the end of the fishing line attached to your rod and reel. The exact location you choose for the bobber will depend on personal preference and the depth that you want to present the bait in the water. Place the peg back into the bobber so it wedges the line and holds the bobber in place.
Step 3
Attach a barrel swivel to the end of the main fishing line with a uni knot. Form the knot by sliding a swivel onto the line so that 4 to 5 inches of line extends past the eye of the swivel. Hold the free end of the line along side the main line and turn the free end back down toward the swivel forming a loop along side the doubled lines. Wrap the free end around the doubled lines and through the loop three times. Moisten the knot, pull tight and trim excess line from the free end with sharp scissors.
Step 4
Attach the 2-foot leader length of line to the swivel with another uni knot. This will be the length of line you cut from the main line earlier. Moisten the knot before pulling tight with water or saliva and trim the excess line from the free end of the knot with sharp scissors.
Step 5
Attach a hook to the end of the leader length of line with a Palomar knot. Pull 4 to 5 inches of line through the eye of the hook. Double the line back and feed it through the hook eye the same way it originally passed through. Pull the free end up along side the main line so that you have a double line on one side of the hook and a loop on the other. Tie an overhand knot with the loop and doubled lines and pull the loop down around the bend of the hook. Moisten the knot, pull tight and trim the excess line with scissors.

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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