How to Use Swivels for Fishing

How to Use Swivels for Fishing
Swivels are simple fishing devices that reduce the risk of line breaks due to twisting or tangling by keeping the lines straight and separated. They are often used to separate a lure from its weight when trolling or dragging the lure and can be a big help against a fish trying to barrel roll its way out of captivity. Swivels come in single- or three-pronged forms, but they are both capable of doing the same things--three-pronged are just simpler to hook up and slightly more effective at separating lines.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Swivel Fishing line Lure Sinker
  • Swivel
  • Fishing line
  • Lure
  • Sinker
Step 1
Tie two 3-foot strands of fishing line to two prongs of your swivel.
Step 2
Tie a 1 or 2 oz. weight on the end of one line strand and a lure on the other.
Step 3
Tie the third prong to the fishing line running to your pole.
Step 4
Begin trolling at the speed recommended for your lure. Let your line run out, but stop it before it reaches the bottom.

Tips & Warnings

Three-pronged swivels are only meant for trolling, mooching or dragging. Use a single-pronged swivel when casting and reeling.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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