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Choosing the Right Fishing Swivel

Keep your fishing line from getting tangled with the right fishing swivel.

When you’re out on the water trying to catch a trophy bass or perch, the last thing you want is a twisted fishing line. With a fishing swivel, you can prevent the line from twisting when the bait starts twirling or a hooked fish tries to get free. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you choose the best swivel for the job.

Choosing the Right Fishing Swivel
Keep your fishing line from getting twisted with the right fishing swivel from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How a Swivel Works

The swivel has a ring on each end and a pivoting joint in the middle of the two rings. Separate fishing line is connected to the bottom ring and the top ring. The pivoting joint in the middle allows the bottom ring/line to move without the longer, top line getting twisted. When your line gets twisted, it can cut down on your casting distance–and it’s just a headache when your line gets tangled.

Types of Fishing Swivels

Choosing the right fishing swivel depends on what kind of fishing line and bait/lures you’re using. There are three main types of swivels to choose from, each with their own pros and cons.

Barrel Swivel – Barrel swivels are the most commonly used because they’re inexpensive and come in a wide range of sizes. They can’t turn if you’re using heavy bait or if you hook a fish. Tension is caused by the heavy load, and the swivel can’t turn until that tension is relieved.

Crane Swivel – The crane swivel is similar to the barrel swivel, but does a better job under tension from a heavy load. It’s best used with heavy fishing line for catfish and the like.

Ball Bearing Swivel – Ball bearing swivels are the most expensive of the the three, but also provide the most versatility. The ball bearings inside the swivel minimize friction and help the swivel to turn free under pressure from a heavy load on the line.

For more tips on finding the right fishing equipment, visit our Fishing & Ice Fishing blog for year-round buyer’s guide, technique tips and more.


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