Back in the day, all the rods were made of fiberglass, reels had 3:1 gear ratios and sonars were portable. There was no tungsten, no stainless steel and certainly no fluorocarbon.

But bass anglers are never satisfied. New methods create new necessities and new technology allows for the creation of new products. And while there was a time I never thought I’d need a faster reel, a lighter rod, or more transparent fishing line, the fact is I use them all now.

So how about this deal? I sure didn’t see them coming (and maybe that’s the point), but I just discovered you can actually get transparent “hardware.”

That’s right, a company called Aquateko has introduced the InvisaSwivel, that comes in a range of pound tests, and apparently was so innovative,  it was recognized as the “Best new product of 2009” by the publishers of four Southeastern sportsman magazines.

Although the inspiration may have come from the needs of saltwater anglers regarding durability and strength, it’s pretty hard to deny that one less visible component underwater has to be a plus for the guys who fish bass in clear or heavily fished waters, or who are looking for something that just does more.

Who knows if this generation of the InvisaSwivel is that special product, but the fact is, it some real pluses: like being self-lubricating, free turning, non-reflective, silent and easy to connect.

The company says: “Following the same principle as Fluorocarbon line, these swivels are Flouro-Clear, making them practically invisible in water. The superior resin compound allows the swivel to perform at nearly neutral buoyancy.”

Furthermore, says Aquateko:  “The swivels are also perfect for the anglers that are not proficient with tying uni-knots. This will allow a standard clinch knot to connect either braid to flouro or braid to mono with the InvisaSwivel acting as the transition. Inshore and freshwater anglers will appreciate the clarity and light weight of the inshore series, with swivels ranging from 12-pound up to 55-pound in weight class.”

The swivels run about a buck apiece and sell in 5-packs, so they are not dramatically more than the high-end steel products. Hey, I’ve got some questions. I want to see them in action. But if they can really help with a spoon, drop-shot, Carolina or swimbait application, you watch. The guys will use ’em.


4 Responses to “Who knew? Now we have ‘invisible’ swivels”

Hell- Even with all these Technological wonders that I use, I still managed to go to Diamond Valley on Friday and got SKUNKED!

by George Kramer

From what I hear, you’re hardly the Lone Ranger, 1bigg. The difference? You ‘manned up’. It’s fishing. And winter fishing, at that. 🙂

I’m all for stealth, but this may go by the way of the clear plastic hook that came out a few decades ago. You’d think that with the advances in plastics and chemistry one would be developed by now..

by George Kramer

Hey, this swivel has neutral buoyancy, meaning you can go with a fluke or similar bait and it won’t alter the natural tendencies in the water. And the 12- and 25-pound test swivels are small enough that you hardly notice they’re on there. When you come over to Lake Elsewhere, I’ll show you….