How to tie a perfection loop fishing knot instead of using a snap swivel

Perfection loop knot vs snap swivel

A regular question I get asked is whether I use a loop knot like a perfection loop or snap swivel to attach lures to my fishing line.

To snap or not to snap?

I ALWAYS use a loop knot (I prefer the perfection loop) to attach my lures, simply because big barra bite down HARD and I have seen too many fish get away from an opened snap swivel.

Take a look at my thumb nails after years of big barra biting down.

Big fish can bite down and open snap swivels

Deformed thumb nails after handling thousands of big barramundi

It's not hard to imagine how they can easily open a snap swivel. It's just not worth it!

Snap swivels can also affect a lure's action/movement. This is a far more important determinant than colour when affecting a bite response.

Master lure makers like Dave Killalea don't spend years crafting and developing exactly the right action if it's not THE most important criteria for fish. Colour is important for anglers haha, but not so much for fish.

And if you practice it a little, it won't take much longer to tie a perfection loop than fiddling around with a snap swivel. Check out the method I have used to catch over 2000 metre plus barra in the video below.


Now some of you may have caught many hundreds of barra using a snap without incident and I that could well be the case.

However when you get into the better class of fish, over 90cm+ regularly, you'll find that the snaps just don't cut it and for the few extra seconds it take to tie on, will be well worth the effort.

Jonathon Thurston and other top sportsmen don't get to the top of their game by taking short cuts.

And while we are on the topic of knots and tackle, check out some of our previous posts;

Wind on leader system

Getting your drag in tip top shape

Set your drag correctly and catch bigger fish

Best way to get lures off snags


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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Steve

    Reply Reply April 22, 2017

    Top tip Ryan,
    Personally I always use a loop knot, all it takes is to lose a good fish to a snap that either opens up or pulls straight/open.
    This one looks the business and will learn how to tie it, have been using a leftys loop knot for many years without incident.

  • Mick

    Reply Reply April 20, 2017

    Use Mustach clips. Very strong and never lost a fish yet. No more tying knots when you could be fishing.

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