In this post I want to take a look at one of the most important parts of your fishing rig.
You might think I’m referring to the rod or reel, but I’m actually talking about something much smaller: the connection to your lure.
Some fishermen tie their lure directly to their line, while others, such as myself, prefer a snap swivel.
It’s a minute part of your fishing rig, and yet, if you don’t make use of a proper component, you might end up losing a lot of fish and fishing lures, which was the case for my fishing buddies and I of late.
First, a look at the snap swivel I used to use.
It looks like a fine product. Seems capable of doing the job, right?
It’s a piece of junk. It belongs on a scrap heap, inside the glove compartment of a totalled car.
It’s refuse, garbage, dross.
It’s like biting into a piece of antie Ada’s delicious custard cake and getting a mouthful of salt.
It’s probably one of the biggest reasons for all the misery in the world today and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the main cause of the middle east conflict.
Don’t buy it. Don’t even lift it from the rack. Walk past it and sneer. Wag your finger at it and emit a disgusted grunt whenever you encounter it.
Why is it such a flap-doodle of a product?
Consider hooking into a lovely garrick and fighting it for five minutes plus. You’re tiring it out. It’s nearing the edge where you’re standing and you can already see the photo of you holding it with pride.
Slowly but surely you manage to bring the fish in. You can smell it.
Then the line goes limp with a snap and your prize catch disappears into the deep, laughing at your inability to finish the job.
You reel in the slack line and what do you see?
Here’s a video of the moment of disappointment.
Everything about your setup was perfect. You’re using a good line. Your knots are holding up. The only thing that stood between you and success was a piece of wire that couldn’t handle a little bit of pressure.
So what should you use in place of this glorified claptrap swivel?
The Mustad Fastach is a much simpler design and it works far better.
It’s easy to add your lure to this swivel, once you’ve got the hang of it. Also, your lure won’t come off from it bending open. If anything, your line will snap before this thing bends.
Yes, it’s expensive, but think about it: would you rather pay more for a swivel, or lose more fish?
One caveat of this swivel is that it snags on plants and grass. For saltwater angling this isn’t too much of an issue, but I can imagine bass fishermen who target heavy structure not liking the design very much.
There’s an alternative. It’s called the Norman Speed Clip. It’s a great product, as can be seen from the video below.
So there you have it, the Mustad Fastach snap swivel; a snap swivel that I consider worthy of adding to the end of my line.
If you have a favourite snap swivel, please share with me in the comments.
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