Remaining components on the arm

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The blades, swivel, beads and plastic spacer on the arm all work well together. The swivel is where the real magic happens though and when building a spinnerbait, it is extremely important. My dad and I have built our own spinnerbaits for years and in doing so, found quickly that you don’t want to skimp on the swivel.

A cheap, junky swivel will regularly get into a bind and the blade will just kind of flail around on the end of the arm instead of spinning. This happens a lot when fishing around cover. Even with a bad swivel, once you get the blade turning it will typically keep turning. But if you’re using a bad swivel and bump into a stump, rock or even a blade of grass, it’ll knock the blade off course and then you’ll have to pump your rod tip several times to try to get it back going, if you even realize it’s messed up at all.

The more you fish with a spinnerbait, you’ll get to where you can tell by the feel of it if the blades are turning. The swivel is such an important and costly part of building spinnerbaits that it’s the one thing dad and I will recycle when we’re building our own. It the arm breaks on a spinnerbait or it just gets old and of no use, we’ll take a pair of dykes and cut the wire of the arm to free the swivel up from the old spinnerbait and then swap it over to a new one. So kudos to Strike King for not cutting corners there.