How often do you find yourself fishing with a swivel attached to the end of your line but no means to secure it? In this post, we’ll show you how to tie a swivel on fishing line with an easy knot, one of several options.
Using knots that everyone has learnt at some point in their lives, this technique is ideal for novices. Read this article if you have never knotted a swivel before!
How to Care for Your Swivels
Make sure the hooks aren’t deformed or stuck in anything like rocks, wood, or plants by giving them a thorough inspection. If you’ve used them previously, it’s best to just rinse them, but if you’ve never used them before, it’s better to clean them.
This will assist keep the swivel in good working order by preventing dirt and other foreign objects from getting caught in your line.
How Often do you Find Yourself With a Swivel on the End of Your Line but no way to tie it?
The swivel knot is the most critical part to remember. If your fishing line comes undone when casting, it’s likely that the knot may come loose and ruin your entire day of catching fish.
Swivels can be tied in two ways: the Blood Knot, which dates back to prehistoric times, and the Figure-Eight Knot, which was developed more recently.
The blood knot
To get started, hold one of your lines in each hand at a distance of around 18 inches (46 cm). Make a half hitch by crossing your left line over the right line and under, then pulling the left line over. To create a “V” shape, place your right line on top of your left line (underneath).
Make a loop in the ends of the rope and draw them together as if they were two separate ropes. Tie an overhand knot to keep it in place after you’ve pulled it snug.
The distance between your lines should be approximately 18 inches (46 cm). Make a “X” shape with both lines by bringing the left line under, around the back, and up through the loop formed by the right line.
Form a second “X” with both lines by bringing the right line over and under, then over again. Don’t drag the loops together by pulling too hard; otherwise, you’ll get a huge knot instead of the small one you can tie by hand.
Steps on Tieing a Swivel on a Fishing Line
Step 1: Use an overhand knot to create a loop at the end of your line.
The next step is to thread one end through the eyelet of the swivel and secure it.
Step 3: Bring the same end back up from the bottom to meet its companion on top so that both ends point out and downwards towards each other.
Once you’ve completed the first three steps, it’s time to secure your knot.
Step 5: Pull outward with one hand while pressing down on both ends. This will bring the two ends closer until they connect, at which point the loop will be tied off.
Now that we know how to tie a swivel, how do we attach it to a lure?
At this point, you should have your fishing line and lure tied to your swivel. Double the distance between the bait or lure and the other end of the line to get enough wire to tie a loop on. Swivel the free end of the cord through the other eyelets after threading the first end through the swivel’s eyelet.
Step 2: Form a knot at the wire’s end by tying a loop in the free end and pulling it tight.
It’s now time to draw both ends up until they’re joined through eyelets on the other side of the swivel, which is a last step.
The figure above demonstrates the simplest way to attach a swivel to a lure: between the fishing line and the bait.
Advantages of Tieing a Swivel on a Fishing Linear
- Enhances the motion and appearance of the lure.
- Can be used to keep fish from swallowing a bait and escaping capture.
- This helps to reduce the amount of line that is wasted when using an outside reel.
- Between the fishing line and terminal tackle like hooks, lures or sinkers can also be tied to a Swivel. Fishermen can utilize the swivel’s bead and loop parts as fishing leaders.
- Attach your hook or lure to the eye by threading one of the loops through the other.
- Fishing line swivels are typically attached to two other lines that are close by.
- Every fisherman knows how crucial it is to have a swivel on his fishing line.
- From rookie anglers to seasoned veterans, swivels are an essential part of the fishing arsenal.
- The swivel is one of the most critical fishing tools and should be kept in your fishing bag at all times.
Offshore Swivel Knot
To tie an Offshore Swivel Knot, follow the instructions below. For attaching a swivel or hook, the Offshore Swivel Knot is an extremely strong knot. If one strand breaks, the other is likely to stay in place. With the Bimini Twist Knot, you can establish a double line connection. The Pro-Knot Saltwater Fishing Knot Cards offer 12 useful fishing knots, including the Offshore Swivel Knot (click to see).
Check out the animation of the Animated Offshore Swivel Knot that appears below the graphic and directions.
Notice how the annihilation differs slightly from the static picture below. While a loop is being made, an additional twist is being made in line. Lefty Kreh, well-known Australian saltwater fishing guide Geoff Wilson, and others promote this approach. A real Cat’s Paw is shown being tied in the animation. To further complicate things, Lefty Kreh’s book pictures begin by showing the twist, but by step four his illustration seems to be a true cat’s paw for all intents and purposes (lacking the forementioned twist). Another example comes from Mr. Geoff Wilison who depicts the “Cat’s Paw” knot while demonstrating a twist. Both knots are excellent for tying two lines together. Any debate over whether version is superior only emerges after one of the two discs is severed during a fight with a fish. According to our research, the actual cat’s paw (i.e., the one without the twist) is more sturdy when only one line is pulled.
Offshore Swivel Knot Tying Instructions
- Make a twist in the loop of the double line by threading it through the eye of the swivel.
- Swivel loop: Fold end of loop over double line above it.
- Rotate the swivel through the opening 3 to 6 times while holding the loop against the double line
The Palomar Knot, one of the most often used knots, is both strong and easy to tie. When using braided fishing line, the Palomar knot works best.
The Palomar knot is a simple knot to master.
UNI KNOT (AKA HANGMAN’S KNOT)
Monofilament can be tied to terminal tackle with this knot. Using the Uni Knot in a variety of fishing circumstances is easy because it’s so adaptable.
What is the Uni knot, and how do you do it?
SURGEON’S KNOT (AKA DOUBLE SURGEON’S KNOT)
For linking lines of similar or differing diameters, this knot is among the best and easiest to tie.
The Surgeon’s Knot can be learned.
IMPROVED CLINCH KNOT
As one of the most commonly used fish knots, the Improved Clinch Knot secures the fishing line in place with the use of an improved manner of knotting.
Become proficient at tying the Improved Clinch Knot.
Using the Trilene knot, also known as the Two-Turn Clinch Knot, is ideal for tying line to snaps, swivels, snap hooks, and other types of fishing equipment.
The Trilene Knot is a simple knot to learn.
BERKLEY BRAID KNOT
Tie braided lines to hooks, lures, and leaders with the Berkley braid knot. It was created in the Berkley lab to keep braided lines from slipping out of knots while yet retaining good knot strength.
Berkley Braid Knot Instructions
Any braid, but especially NanoFil fishing line, will work well with this product. The ideal knot to use is the NanoFil knot, which is exceptionally smooth.
NO NEED TO SPEND ALL SUMMER LEARNING TO TIE KNOTS, THESE FIVE TYPES WILL QUICKLY PREPARE YOU BEFORE YOU HIT THE WATER.
Depending on the situation, various knots are required. A different set of knots is required for attaching a fishing line to a hook than are required to connect two lengths of line together.
LINE TO HOOK:
IMPROVED CLINCH KNOT
Almost every angler uses this knot to connect their rig to their fishing line, making it a critical part of the sport’s arsenal. Fishermen of all stripes have grown to rely on the knot because it can withstand the rigors of battling big fish. This is the knot you should master if you only learn how to tie one.
- Once you’ve inserted the line through the hook’s eye, wrap the loose end around the line 5 to 7 times to secure it.
- Using the loose end of the line, insert it into one of the loops closest to the eye, and then wrap it around the other end of the line.
- It’s time to tighten up both ends of the line!
- The end of the line can be trimmed if it becomes slack.
If you’re going to learn to tie a knot, make it the Palomar knot if you fish with braided line. The Palomar knot, a favorite among fisherman, performs a similar purpose as the improved clinch knot, anchoring a hook or swivel to one end of your fishing line, or attaching a fly to a leader.
- In order to form a loop, double the length of your fishing line and then insert the loop into the eye of the hook.
- Make an overhand knot with a loose knot.
- Wrap the hook around the loop and secure it in place.
- To make the line more secure, apply pressure to both ends of the line.
- The end of the line can be trimmed if it becomes slack.
UNI KNOT – SNELLING A HOOK
Monofilament can be tied to terminal tackle with this knot. Using the Uni Knot in a variety of fishing circumstances is easy because it’s so adaptable. Snell-knotted hooks have a straight line of pull on the fish.
- Create a loop by passing the end of the line twice through the eye of the hook.
- Five to ten times, wrap the loop tightly around the hook.
- Pull the line up until the loop is snugly under the coils while holding the coils in place with one finger.
LINE TO LINE:
The blood knot is used to connect two sections of fishing line. The blood knot is a simple and useful skill to have on board any fishing vessel, whether you’re doing it for fly fishing or making use of broken or unusually long fishing lines. Fishing lines of the same diameter and length can be tied together using this tool, but it also works well for any emergency fishing line situation.
- Wrap the first line around the second at least five times before lining up the ends of the two lines.
- Bring both ends back to the centre of the two lines after you’ve wrapped the second around the first five times.
- Ensure that the knots are secure by squeezing the lines together.
DOUBLE SURGEON’S LOOP
The surgeon’s knot, like the blood knot, is useful for tying together two different lengths of fishing line. For tying two fishing lines of various diameters together, the surgeon’s knot is the best option. To tie this knot, all you need is a few spools of old fishing line laying around. It’s an absolute necessity for any angler.
- Make a double line with the end of the line before tying an overhand knot.
- Once more, pass the loop through the overhand knot’s hole.
- When the knot is wet, tighten.