Your Guide to Swivels

Did you know that the first ever evidence of recreational fishing goes back to the 15th century? That means that for over 600 years, people have been catching fish and perfecting the art of angling for fun! Neither recreational nor survival fishing would be what it is without the invention of fishing swivels, so here is your guide to learning more about them! 

Different Types of Fishing Swivels

Differences aside, a fishing swivel is basically two or more rings connected to a point of pivot. This means that when in use the ring connected to the main fishing line moves independently from the ring connected to the lure, or bait, and hook.


The major benefit of this system is that it helps prevent tangles in the line and the problems caused by a twisted line. There are different styles of swivels that are beneficial in different circumstances. Here are five of the most commonly used fishing swivels and when they can be most useful.

Barrel Swivel 

A Barrel Swivel is the most recognizable of the swivels available and features a simple ring-pivot-ring design. This is a great ‘standard’ swivel to use in just about any situation and what many swivels stem from design-wise. 

Ball-bearing Swivels 

Ball-bearing swivels are great for use with larger fish. They’re also known as load swivels and work well under large load weights. This way, when you are reeling in a big catch your line will be less likely to twist and snap. The barrel swivel and ball-bearing swivel will likely cover all of your saltwater fishing needs.

Snap Swivels 

While other swivels connect line-to-line, snap swivels do not. They’re great for changing out lures quickly without having to cut the previous one loose and re-tying the new one on. Because the lure attaches directly to the swivel, it allows for more movement of the bait which attracts plenty of attention from the fish!

Three-way Swivels

If you are an avid angler, you’ll eventually want more than one lure in the water at a time to increase the likelihood of a bite while minimizing the number of poles in the water. When using a three-way swivel, it is a good idea to stagger the two lines in the water at different lengths or depths. You’ll cover more area and the hooks will be less likely to get tangled together 

Hybrid Swivels

While not necessarily a ‘type’ of swivel, it is important to note that there are hybrid style swivels–like the ball-bearing snap swivel– that are great for heavier loads and quick lure changes. If one specific kind of swivel isn’t working exactly how you want, it’s worth trying out a combo swivel.

Regardless of your preference, Rite Angler has a huge variety of different types of fishing swivels for you to choose from. Our products aren’t limited to just swivels! We have just about everything you need to make the most of your angling adventures. 

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