When you need a Swivel

When you need a Swivel;

If you are going to use a swivel then the best ones to are Sampo Ball Bearing Swivel (black) or Spro. Almost all swivels do not turn under torque, Sampo & Spro are two of the very few that do. Yes they cost more, but none of the others work at all, so the money spent on them is a complete waste. It always makes me laugh when I look at a wall of swivels in a tackle shop and almost all of them are only good as a sliding weight stopper. Don’t take my word for it, hang some (small) weights on a line with a swivel tied in the middle and give the weight a spin. In almost every case you will find that the whole line spins and the swivel never breaks free and lets the lower section spin by itself. With a Sampo or Spro, the lower section will spin. Barrel swivels should not even be called swivels in my book. They just don’t have the low friction needed to keep the line from spinning. Keep in mind just how easy it is to spin a line and how a swivel needs to be very near to friction free to actual to work. That is why most don’t. Also, welded rings are the way to go, split rings can fail, take my word for it…

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I have fished with Allan on a number of occasions now. He knows fishing. Whether it be instructions for tying a new knot, differences in the various line types, how to locate fish, effective strategies to target fish or providing info on the latest and greatest technological gadgets, Allan is always willing to share his knowledge. I have never been out with him when he did not put me on fish. It seems I learn something new every time I get the opportunity to fish with him. I look forward to my next chance. He provides a quality service. -CS