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I enjoy fishing with poppers and Rapala original floating lures. To get better action i like to use a snap swivel. I recently learned, that that is not such a good idea. i tested them and they break very easily. I learned more about loop knots. They dont look too difficult to tie but the knot strength leaves something to be desired. What do you use? 

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1 hour ago, Largemouth21 said:

 What do you use? 

Split ring.

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I've never had problems with loop knots breaking even on frog gear where you're really horsing the fish out of cover.

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There is very little use for snap swivels in bass fishing. Strong lightweight snaps that enhance the lures action are widely used in bass fishing presentations. 

Loop knot tied properly like the Rapala knot should work you.

Tom

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Sometimes when I am fishing a jig in extremely weedy cover I use a loop knot since the tag end points back to the lure and doesn't catch so much vegetation.  I have bent out heavy duty hooks without breaking the knot.

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The only lures I tie with a snap swivel are in-line spiners and I use good quality snap swivels, not the kind of junk you usually find. You can tie a good quality snap and you won't need to learn how to tie loop knots ( which if not tied and tightened properly can be worse than those cheap snap swivels you've been using ).

 

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I use a Palomar for both kinds of baits listed, no issues. I can tie a Rapala knot, but didn't see a difference except it was harder to tie and the hooks tangled in the line more often. 

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If the bait has a split ring then I just use a palomar knot. If it doesn’t have a split ring then I use a Decoy egg snap in size 1-1.5-2. Most baits these days have split rings, so the only reason for a snap (not a snap swivel) is quick change outs of baits. If I had to pick just one size snap then I’d go with the #2 from Decoy. 

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All good advise, but I use a lot of snaps. There are many good companies producing them and I have yet to loose one this year.  I still retie after a couple fish

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3 minutes ago, NHBull said:

All good advise, but I use a lot of snaps. There are many good companies producing them and I have yet to loose one this year.  I still retie after a couple fish

 

I'm with this guy on this.  I even remove the split rings.  Around 2/3 of my baits have a snap on them already.

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40 minutes ago, J Francho said:

 

I'm with this guy on this.  I even remove the split rings.  Around 2/3 of my baits have a snap on them already.

 

Likewise for me...when I use hard lures. But unlike

@J Francho, I like Norman's Speed clips!! :) 


That said, I also use duo lock snaps, and now that I

have looked up the Decoy egg snaps, I'd consider

them in the future...

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Lol, I call those Norman Slow-Clips.

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18 minutes ago, Darren. said:

 

Likewise for me...when I use hard lures. But unlike

@J Francho, I like Norman's Speed clips!! :) 


That said, I also use duo lock snaps, and now that I

have looked up the Decoy egg snaps, I'd consider

them in the future...

I think I tried them all this summer and there's a 50/50 chance of finding the decoy snap on a rod

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20 minutes ago, J Francho said:

Lol, I call those Norman Slow-Clips.

^^^this^^^

Speed clips are one of the most difficult snaps to use.

I have been using Owners Hyper a welded snaps the past 2 years and like them, in the past I used both Dual Lock and Cross lock snaps. 

The OP is using Rapala original minnow balsa lures and the Rapala loop knot would be a good choice, adds no weight.

Loop knots weakness is wear and can flatten the line at the knot, if not tied with care.

Tom

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If you try to pinch open a Speed Clip, then yes, it is

one of the most difficult to use.

 

Do not do that.

 

Instead, place the lure eye along the clip eye and wedge

it open by pushing down on the speed clip. Simple as pie.

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Just like @Bluebasser86 for those type of lure (swim in straight line) I just tie my reg trilene knot. I only use loop knot for walking lure type. I don't remember when the last time I tie loop knot.

just like others I use snap/clip for all my hard lure for the sake of my laziness. I use P-line duo snap since I can get it at my local store, but my next purchase gonna be tactical power clip, it is small and look exactly like paper clip.

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I've bought cheapo Chinese snaps off ebay by the 100's and I've never had one open or break on me.

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7 hours ago, Raul said:

The only lures I tie with a snap swivel are in-line spinners and I use good quality snap swivels, not the kind of junk you usually find.

I agree, and for my multi-species fishing, I'd add in the spoons I use for pike and musky.

 

Can't emphasize the quality of the snap swivel enough.  Cheap ones are junk and will cost you a quality fish sooner than later.  I have been using Mustad Fastach Swivels the past couple years.

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I tie my pike musky rigs with a main line of braid to about a foot of Tyger Leader (or other tieable leader) with an FG knot, then tying in a snap swivel with a Perfection Loop.  Very strong system...Sunday I stuck a Mepps in what think was a sunken tree and wound up breaking the snap itself before the leader or the line broke...I was very surprised...but I had he line wrapped around my hand several times and had to pull really hard to make that happen...I can't believe the hook didn't bend first.

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