Angler returns to the good ‘ol days of snap swivels
Growing up fishing for everything from bluegill to Salmon, for as long as l can remember there has always been one thing that sticks out in my mind. It was gold and gaudy and didn’t seem to make any sense. The good ole’ brass snap swivel seemed commonplace on any one of my various fishing rods.
The snap swivel seemed to be common place in my tackle box and as a young man I used it for most of my fishing. It was a vital link between my fishing line and the lure or hook of choice. It wasn’t that it was necessary, it was just a matter of convenience. Lures were easy to change when the time came.
As I grew up I learned to tie better knots and to tie them quickly. The golden snap swivel slowly started to disappear from my fishing rods and it was only knots that held my lures and hooks attached to my fishing line.
There were never any real concrete reasons for me to eliminate these items from my fishing but it was more of a “less is more” type of thinking. It was one less thing that would cause failure when fighting big fish. I had always felt that it hindered the action of my baits as well as prevented finicky fish from biting.
The more I learn about fishing and master the different methods used to chase the many species I fish for I have found myself reverting back to my childhood. The snap swivel and just the snap have both been finding their ways back into my presentations.
I have found that the simple snap has added much better action to my crankbaits as well as allowed me to change baits quicker without having to sacrifice leader lengths when using fluorocarbon leaders. The addition of a snap to my crankbait rods has proven to be an asset that I never realized until I started fishing tournaments where time is of the essence.
The snaps have been added to my drop shot rigs to allow for quick change of weights when the conditions change and the weight needs to be increased or reduced. I have even found that a simple small snap with swivel is a great way to make lindy rigging easier by allowing quick adjustability to my weights.
When fishing baits that tend to rotate like inline spinners or spoons there really is no way to properly fish them without the addition of a good quality ball bearing snap swivel. The swivel allows the bait to rotate properly and keep the line from twisting into never ending knots.
Read more about swivels in the Oct. 14 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.