Lake Trolls

Lake trolls consist of several spinner (3 to 7) blades spaced apart on a length (12" to over 60" long) of nylon coated wire with a trolling rudder on the front end to ensure there is no line twist and a crane snap swivel on the rear for lure or leader attachment. Generally they are used for trolling for lake trout.

Lake trolls have been the backbone for lake trolling many years, and still are in many areas. They are extremely expensive but can be made for a fraction of the cost of store bought versions. Their construction is rather simple and no special tools are required.

Lake Troll Components

Assorted Beads

Assorted Beads

Assorted Beads

Nylon Coated Wire

Nylon Coated Wire

Trolling Rudder

Trolling Rudder

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Crane Snap Swivel

Assorted Beads

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Crane Snap Swivel

Connection Sleeves

Connection Sleeves

Assembling Lake Trolls

Assembling your lake troll is a rather simple task.

  1. Begin buy cutting a length (a few inches longer than the finished length of your Lake troll) of nylon coated wire and attach the snap swivel to the wire using the correct size connection sleeve. (See page 59 for crimping methods)
  2. Slide another connection sleeve down the wire and crimp at the desired location of the blade closest to the snap swivel.
  3. Slide several beads down the wire for attractors and bearing for the spinner blade.
  4. Now using a folded clevise to attach the desired blade to the wire, slide the blade so that it rests on the beads. A folded clevise will not damage the nylon coated wire.

A Typical Section of a Lake Troll

Folded Clevise

A Typical Section of a Lake Troll

Folded Clevise

  1. Repeat steps 2 through 5 for each additional blade. Remember to leave enough space for each blade to spin freely.
  2. After the desired number of blades have been added attach the trolling rudder with a split ring as shown below.
Lake Troll

Lake Troll Blades

The traditional lake troll uses willowleaf blades but consider using a variety of different blades to alter the flash and vibration of the Lake troll.

Connection Sleeve Chart

Size Use with Nylon Coated Wire Size

4 over 45 lb test

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