When fishing, how often do you find yourself with a swivel on the end of your line but no way to tie it? There are many different ways to tie a swivel, and in this blog post, we will go over how to tie a swivel on fishing line using an easy knot.
This is a great technique for beginners because it utilizes knots that everyone has learned how to do at some point in their life. If you have never tied a swivel before, give this article a read!
How to Care for Your Swivels
Give them a good once over and make sure that the hooks are not bent or stuck in anything like rocks, wood, or plants. If they have been used before, then it is best to just give them a good rinse, but if they are new to you then it is better to clean them as well.
This will help prevent any dirt or other materials from getting on your line and potentially damaging the swivel.
How Often do you Find Yourself With a Swivel on the End of Your Line but no way to tie it?
The most important thing to remember is how you tie the swivel. If your line comes undone while casting, then chances are good that the knot will come loose and make a mess of your fishing day.
There are two basic knots for tying a swivel: The Blood Knot, which has been used since ancient times; and the Figure-Eight Knot, which is a more recent development.
The blood knot
Start by taking one of your lines in each hand with about 18 inches (46 cm) between them. Bring your left line over the right line and under, then pull the left line over to make a half hitch. Do the same with your right line on top of the left (underneath) so that they overlap in a “V”.
Bring each end down through this loop as if you were pulling two pieces of rope together – one from either side. Pull it tightly until snug and then tie a simple overhand knot to hold it in place.
Take one of your lines in each hand with about 18 inches (46 cm) between them. Bring the left line under, around the back, and up through the loop created by the right line – making an “X” shape with both lines.
Now bring the right line over and under, then over again to form a second “X” shape with both lines. Pull tight, but don’t pull so hard that it drags the loops together – this will make an overly large knot instead of the one you can tie by hand
Steps on Tieing a Swivel on a Fishing Line
Step 1. First, tie a loop at the end of your line using an overhand knot.
Step 2. Next, take one end and thread it through the eyelet of the swivel
Step 3. Then bring that same end back up from underneath to meet with its partner on top so you have two ends pointing out and down towards each other
Step 4. Now, hold onto the top of each end and pull them together to tighten up your knot
Step 5. Finally, push down on both ends while pulling outwards with one hand. This will cause the two ends to come closer towards you until they touch before being tied off at the loop
Now that we know how to tie a swivel, how do we attach it to a lure?
Step 1. The swivel is attached between the fishing line and the lure. The wire on which you need to tie your loop should be twice as long as your desired distance from bait or lure to the other end of the line. Thread one end through an eyelet of swivel then thread-free end through other eyelets.
Step 2. Next, tie a loop in the free end and pull tight to form a knot at the end of the wire
Step 3. Finally, take one or two turns around lure before pulling both ends upwards until they meet and are attached through eyelets on the opposite side of the swivel
The easiest way for how to attach a swivel to a lure is how the illustration above shows: attaching it between the fishing line and the bait.
Advantages of Tieing a Swivel on a Fishing Linear
- Improves lure action and presentation
- Can be used to prevent fish from swallowing a bait without being caught
- Reduces the amount of line that is lost if you are using an outside reel
- Swivels can also be attached between the fishing line and terminal tackle such as hooks, lures, or sinkers. The loop and bead sections of the swivel can be used as a fishing leader.
- With both loops, thread one through the other to form an eye and attach it to your hook or lure
- The swivel on fishing line is usually attached between lines that are nearby
- The swivel on the fishing line is important to every fisherman.
- Swivels are used by anglers everywhere, from the novice all the way up to experienced fishermen
- Swivels are one of the most important pieces of fishing equipment and should be carried at all times.