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Bigbriwi
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08/30/2017 09:49AM
Do you guys use them in BWCA? I typically am not a swivel guy, but last year after a week of fishing hard in the BWCA I was struggling with line twists and was thinking a swivel would solve that issue and might help with the occasional bite off.

I would never consider them for jig fishing, but was thinking about putting them on when I am throwing cranks, spoons, and spinners.

I wouldn't think the fish up here would be particularly finicky but figured I would ask. I leave in 3 days so of course the BWCA is all I think about. I might as well not even be at work this week!!

Thanks Guys,
Brian
 
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Guest Paddler
 
08/30/2017 10:17AM
Cranks use a snap, spoons and spinners use a swivel. I never would, but I've seen some guys put an inline barrel swivel about 3-4' up their line while vertical jigging rivers. The less hardware between you and the fish the better in most cases, but every presentation demands a little different twist. Pardon the pun..
MeatGun
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08/30/2017 07:17PM
I use swivels. I use a lot of braid on the main line and like a fluorocarbon leader. I was also persuaded by QueticoMike when discussing the Zulu presentation that, at times, having your lure look like it's chasing something smaller can be a trigger.
Pinetree
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08/30/2017 08:38PM
Always use a barrel swivel when trolling.
Bigbriwi
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08/31/2017 06:43AM
Thanks guys, I picked some up and will do some experimenting.

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08/31/2017 09:31AM
quote Pinetree: "Always use a barrel swivel when trolling. "

Why? Cranks don't spin and the extra weight of a barrel impedes their action. If the lure spins I can see using a barrel, but if not a simple snap should do...or direct tie even better.
Pinetree
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08/31/2017 10:22AM
quote : "quote Pinetree: "Always use a barrel swivel when trolling. "


Why? Cranks don't spin and the extra weight of a barrel impedes their action. If the lure spins I can see using a barrel, but if not a simple snap should do...or direct tie even better."


Well some of it is with spoons and also I like the ease of a easy ball bearing snap swivel in changing lures. I really don't think it impedes the action because of a fairly large lure. I use fairly small swivel.
Yes on smaller lures. Also I guess I get lazy in cutting my line etc. and changing lures.
Savage Voyageur
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08/31/2017 11:17AM
I use a swivel when in fishing crank baits, or spoons. I use a keel weight that has a swivel when using spinners. I also use a swivel on a titanium leader with toothy fish.
overthehill
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09/01/2017 06:45PM
When you test them; try a good ball bearing swivel.
09/02/2017 09:03AM
Always take a few never use them....maybe I shouldn't take them.
mutz
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09/02/2017 07:35PM
I always have 8, 10 or12 pound line on my reels. I use a high quality ball bearing swivel to attach a 4 or 6 pound leader that goes to whatever I am fishing with. Set your drag right and you can easily catch an 8or10 pound fish with a four pound leader.
PapaBear1975
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09/03/2017 07:22PM
I use swivels when lindy rigging, bottom bouncing, slip bobbers, and especially when trolling spoons for walleyes. I hate line twist especially, and I often use flourocarbon leaders. As previously mentioned- set your drag, you'll be amazed by the size of fish you can land on light flouro leaders.
QueticoMike
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09/08/2017 03:36PM
I always use a good quality ball bearing swivel with my Zulu rigs.
mastertangler
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09/08/2017 06:08PM
There is no need to use swivels on lures like crankbaits and may actually be counterproductive. Remove the split ring and employ a snap. Either a cross lock or my favorite, a fas snap, can be used to great effect.

On lures which spin, think spoons and spinners, a ball bearing snap swivel is a must. If zero line twist is desired add a ball bearing barrel swivel some 18" above the the snap swivel. Do not be overly concerned about such a presentation as it will appear your lure is giving chase to a small minnow.

If you notice a buildup of line twist do not ignore it. Remove all terminal tackle and let the line out behind your vessel and paddle or motor about a bit and that will remedy the issue.
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09/14/2017 02:52PM
"There is no need to use swivels on lures like crankbaits and may actually be counterproductive."

Granted, I'm no master, but is there an echo in here?
Basspro69
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09/15/2017 08:30AM
I always use a swivel for spinners and spoons, this is a time where a high quality expensive swivel is totally worth the price. Sampo or Spro are both quality swivels.
 
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