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I have caught a lot of fish in southeast Idaho with a rapala. should i use a swivel when fishing a rapala or not? I have heard

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  • I have caught a lot of fish in southeast Idaho with a rapala. should i use a swivel when fishing a rapala or not? I have heard

    I have caught a lot of fish in southeast Idaho with a rapala. should i use a swivel when fishing a rapala or not? I have heard both let me know what yoou think

  • #2
    I think rapala's are engineered to be used without a swivel...I use them for pike and generally dont use a swivel..you might find this helpful:
    http://outfittersontario.com/rapknot.htm

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    • #3
      i wouldnt since it could change the swimming action

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      • #4
        I never use a swivel with Rapalas. I have used a bullet sinker with a built in swivel with a leader and Rapala trailing behind when trying to fish deeper water. Have had good luck on Smallmouth dropping this rig to the bottom with a small trout pattern floating rapala on a 3 to 4 foot leader, when bouncing this around on the retrieve it looks like a wounded minnow swimming just off the bottom, and I think the clinking noise of the sinker attracts fish.

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        • #5
          My prefrence is to tie a "loop" knot (bowline)it doesn't impead the action of the lure. A swivel will effect how the lure runs, it might not effect it adversly but it will be different.

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          • #6
            not sure how it is supposed to be done but i have caught fish both ways

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            • #7
              Look up the Rapala knot. That is the way they are designed to be fished. A diagram with instructions is usually inside the box the lure came in.

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              • #8
                Sharkfin has it... they are not made for fishing with a swivel or snap and it will ruin their action.

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                • #9
                  Sharkfin's right. Definitely no hardware.

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                  • #10
                    thanks for the answers I found the rapala knot and am giving it a try

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                    • #11
                      Agreed with Sharkfin and + 1 for you sir!!!

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