How to Set Up My Line for Fishing With Swivels

How to Set Up My Line for Fishing With Swivels
Fishing with swivels allows fishermen to customize the weight distribution of sinkers, keep their main line free from being twisted by trolling lures and use an extra line, called a leader, which floats above the sinker. Fishing with a swivel is easy, and it takes only minutes to set up your line. Different types of swivels are used for different circumstances, but they are all attached the same way.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod
  • Spool of fishing line
  • Scissors
  • A swivel of your choice
  • Hook
Step 1
Pull the fishing line about two feet out of the end of your rod. Lay your rod down or lean it against something solid so you have both hands free.
Step 2
Attach the end of the fishing line from your rod to one end of the swivel using a clinch knot.
Step 3
Unravel one or two feet of fishing line from the spool. Tie it securely to the free end of the swivel, again using a clinch knot. This line is your leader.
Step 4
Cut the leader line from the spool and attach the hook to the loose end using a Palomar knot.

Tips & Warnings

Tighten each knot to ensure that it won’t slip during use.
Choose the appropriate swivel for the type of fishing you will be doing.
Attaching a swivel can change the weight distribution on your fishing line and may alter the way your line casts.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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