Updated September 05, 2019 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Fishing Swivels

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in August of 2019. Not only are fishing swivels useful for preventing your line from twisting and tangling as a hooked fish thrashes in the water, they’re ideal for anglers who prefer to link their line to the lure using a leader, which helps minimize the chances of getting bitten off. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, including barrel, crane, ball bearing and snap models. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. American Fishing Crane

2. Shaddock Solid

3. Riptail Barrel

Editor's Notes

August 29, 2019:

In building this list, we focused on making sure we represented the different types of swivels on the market today. The Yongzhi Portable contains several of them: a three-way connector, a couple styles of ball bearing swivel, and a standard fishing snap. We also included barrel swivels and a model with a built-in sinker, which is quite useful for certain fishing strategies.

While most swivels are constructed with steel or copper, the Aquateko Invisa is made with clear plastic, which makes it virtually invisible underwater. This lightweight model doesn’t feature a snap for directly attaching a lure, but it’s effective at preventing line tangling and won’t attract unwanted eyeballs.

The American Fishing Crane also eludes underwater attention, thanks to its compact size. Users seem thrilled with its strength, and its tough finish helps it maintain performance after extended use.

Special Honors

Rapala Swivels From one of the fishing industry’s most respected brands comes this line of highly effective swivels. In addition to an array of ball bearing and rolling connectors, it offers a sturdy three-way swivel and a thick in-line model. Several are suitable for saltwater angling. rapala.com

Diamond Fishing From a stainless steel corkscrew swivel to a heavy-duty bullet-shaped model that was at one point only available to commercial anglers, Diamond Fishing provides a solution for all occasions. The company even offers additional resources to its customers, such as how-to videos and knot-tying guides. diamondfishing.com

4. Goture Duo-Lock

5. Unclesport Surf

6. Shaddock Tackle

7. Sougayilang Connector

8. Aquateko Invisa

9. Jshanmei Cross

10. Yongzhi Portable


Sam Kraft
Last updated on September 05, 2019 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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