RotoTail Rigging

How to Rig the RotoTail

Here’s the bottom line: Rigging the RotoTail is easy. Simple. So easy that children under the age of 10 understand how to rig it in less than a minute – so don’t let the detailed instructions below frighten you! It’s just that there’s just one right way to do it, and once you learn it, you’re good to go – it’ll take you only a couple seconds to rig up.

Here’s a quick video showing you how to do it, and a full text-and-photos explanation is below that.

The Patented RotoTail Swivel

The RotoTail swivel is:

Unique! Nothing else like it in fishing. Completely weedless! Made of tough plastic so it won’t rust!

The weedless RotoTail Swivel has two distinct halves. Let’s call them “A” and “B”.

“B” is a cylindrical shaft with two tiny knobs on one end and a point on the other end. This is the part that spins. This smaller of the two halves is always in the rear of the lure. The knobs on the end of this half of the swivel slightly resemble a letter “B”.

Insert the point into the center of the the soft-plastic tail. Note that there’s a channel pre-molded into the exact center of the tail to receive the point.


Run the tail up to the first knob only, then stop. This is very important: Never push the tail portion beyond the first ball. Your RotoTail won’t work properly if you push the tail beyond the first ball on the shaft because if you do, the soft plastic will rub against the other half of the swivel and impede the spinning motion.

Once rigged, you can easily snap this swivel half (“B”) in and out of the other half (“A”).

Half “A” of the swivel system has a bell-shaped end and is always in the head of the lure, meaning closest to the end of your fishing line. That’s easy to remember: “A” comes before “B” in the alphabet and also in the RotoTail swivel system.

The open end of the “bell” should always face the rear (toward the tail of the lure), and the “arrowhead” or “point” portion of the “A” should always face front.

Head of RotoTail worm with 'A' half of swivel inserted. The point should be embedded in the head, meaning the front part of the worm. There’s a visible dimple in the end of the head that has the weed shroud. This is where the point should be embedded.

The bell has a cut taken out of the outside edge, to allow easy mounting and changing of tails. Try it. Snap the trailing half of the swivel in and out a few times. You’ll get the hang of it quickly. You can easily mix and match tails of different colors and sizes.

The “B” half of the swivel has a shaft with a knob at the end and another knob right next to it. The shaft is designed to snap in and out of the bell-shaped portion of the swivel on the open side.

Make sure the swivel spins freely and nothing is obstructing the spinning motion. Sometimes the worm is pushed too far past the barbs and it rubs the other half of the swivel, impeding a free turning motion. You don’t want that. You should be able to freely spin the swivel by touching the tail with two fingers.

A properly assembled RotoTail lure, ready to catch fish! You are now ready to go fishing!

Here’s what a properly rigged RotoTail looks like:

Changing and Shortening Tails on the Fly

A great feature of the RotoTail is that you can change the color and size of tails on the fly – as you’re fishing. The photo below shows the recommended places to tear a standard tail to shorten it. Break the tail cleanly at the areas indicated by arrows: These are the narrower portions of the worm.

You can even shorten a 2-inch tail (see photo below). The narrow section of the 2-inch tail has a channel that runs through to the very end of the tail. You can run the “arrowhead” portion of half “B” all the way up the narrow portion after tearing off the heavier front portion. This will leave you with just the tiny narrow tail which will spin. You can try it on the back of an in-line spinner, Texas-rigged, whatever works for you!