Making Leaders Snap Swivels

Making your own leaders and high quality snap swivels is a straight forward and simple task. Leaders are made up of three parts. A swivel on one end, a snap on the other end with a length of wire or line between the two ends. Making your own leaders is the only way you can end up with a leader that will exactly meet your needs. Forget about using commercial wire leaders.

Single Strand Leaders

First, decide what length of leader you will need and the strength you will require. Expert anglers almost always make their own leaders using single-strand wire over the nylon coated wire because it has a smaller diameter for its strength. Experts generally use single-strand stainless steel wire (0.012" to 0.020" or about 32lb. to124lb. test), a quality swivel and a duo-lock snap. The small diameter of the wire makes it almost invisible to the fish and the duo-lock is extremely strong for its size. Match the crane swivel size to the snap size.

Just cut a length of wire about six inches longer than the finished leader will be. Then attach the crane and duo-lock snap with haywire twists. Now you make a professional leader in about a minute.

The Haywire Twist

For maximum strength make to 4 twists of the loop, then wind several tight wraps. Bend the tag end into shape of handle and crank the handle back and forth several times until the wire breaks off.

For maximum strength make to 4 twists of the loop, then wind several tight wraps. Bend the tag end into shape of handle and crank the handle back and forth several times until the wire breaks off.

Nylon Coated Wire Leaders

Using desired strength nylon coated wire, connection sleeves, duo-lock snaps and matching swivels you can easily make your own leaders. Use one of the methods below to crimp the snap and swivel to the nylon coated wire. Remember to match the size of the connection sleeve to the size of the nylon coated wire.

Standard Crimp Method

  1. Pass the wire through the eye of the swivel.
  2. Bring the end back through the connection sleeve. There should bot be any excess wire sticking our of the sleeve.
  3. Using the crimping tool crimp down hard on one end of the connection sleeve, Now repeat at the other end of the connection sleeve.
Connector Sleeve Wire Leader

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  1. Side two connection sleeves onto the wire, then pass the wire through the swivel eye twice.
  2. Pass the wire through the loop two or three times.
  3. Snug the loop, now pass the wire through the two connection sleeves as shown and crimp the connection sleeves.
Lure Connection Methods
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Responses

  • Bilba
    How use Coated Wire Leader with Crane Swivel and Duo Lock Snap?
    6 years ago
  • Eulalia DeRose
    What size snap swivels for leaders?
    6 years ago
  • Ruth
    How to crimp steel wire leader?
    6 years ago
  • Tomacca
    WHAT TOOL MAKES A SNAP END FOR LURES?
    5 years ago

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