Rig a Three Way Swivel for Late Summer Lake Trout

Rig a Three Way Swivel for Late Summer Lake Trout


We’d just been dropped off in the Northern Saskatchewan wilderness, 8km south of the Northwest Territories border at remote Selwyn Lake Lodge. This was the starting point for our trip down the whitewater of the Porcupine River. But before pushing off, I rigged up a three way swivel that i’d use to troll through lake like sections of the trip. In mid to late summer, when Lake Trout are deeper, fish can be caught at 100 feet deep. And, it works best from a canoe, as you can go slow in a canoe, and the slower you go, the deeper you will get your lure. Smaller spinners like a Mepps #2 will go the deepest, and it’s best if you troll just fast enough for it to get action. I put on a larger spoon here as the Lake Trout in Northern Saskatchewan were only down about 15 to 30 feet, late in the summer when I was there. You’ll also find that the tighter gauge test you use, the deeper you’ll be able to get your lure, this is because lighter test is thinner, and creates less resistance than thicker test line.



here we are at Selwyn Lodge on Selwyn

Lake and this is our starting point for

our trip down porcupine River and I’m

just going to show you how to rig up

three waist swivel so you can fish a

lake trout without down riggers and

without a Dipsy diver late in the summer

first I’m going to just cut two pieces

of line here then I’m going to tie clamp

swivel on to the end of my line and this

is what I’m going to use to attach my

three wake swivel to I’m going to tie on

one of the pieces of line that I cut off

and then time another clamp swivel for

the very end and that’s where my lure is

going to go small map spinner or a small

William spoon like this it’ll actually

allow to go deeper for my experience

since the fish aren’t down 100 feet

today I’m going to pop on this large

William spoon right here now this bottom

line here is going to be where I’m going

to tie on my way I’d like to use another

clamp swivel at the bottom because that

allows me to fine-tune how much weight I

can put on if you want to use pencil

sinkers for this rig they work really

well too and I find they’re they’re less

likely to get hung up but this is what I

have here today not three waist swivel

rig and get your line down deep for

late-summer Lakers

love of the real beauty we’re going to

save that one for dinner maybe we can

get something even bigger today all the

bad fish whatsoever

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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.