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Do you or don't you use snap swivels?

December 14th 2012 20:39
Iíve been using what some call swivel clips or snap swivels for as long as I can remember. Although I've heard bad thing about this practice, it's a pain in the neck (and wallet) to carry something like 10 rods with a different lure on each for different situations.

On the other hand, I know a guy who fishes BASS tournaments, and has about a dozen rods ready at any given time. His idea, and it's a common story, is that that you can get a much more realistic action by tying a lure directly onto the line. That's not so important if you use something like crankbaits but comes more into play if you fish artificial lures like curly tail worms or flukes.

Although some say snap swivels wear out, I've never hand any trouble with them. Maybe I've been lucky but, I like to think it's because I pay attention to what's going on. Just like you check your knots after a snag, I check my swivels too in addition to checking them before I start fishing and periodically during each session.

Don't get me wrong, tying a lure directly to the line is not that big of a deal, but it takes a few minutes and uses what may be expensive line. The biggest complaint I have about tying knots is that they get harder each year as I get older and the eyes go! Seriously though, if you use mono line but a fluorocarbon leader, it doesn't take long for that leader to shorten up after you use a few lures.

Despite detractors, I'm going to keep on using snap swivels. It's not that I'm lazy but, I usually don't use more than a couple rods at a time.

I have a feeling, I'm not alone. Here's a short video you ought to watch that may help your decision.

Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!

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