Saturday, January 3, 2015

Yo-Yo Fishing Reels

After the first order was lost in shipping I finally received the replacement reels yesterday. After reviewing the construction and method of operation they're a very simple design and I like simple. I'm sure they will be food producers when you are counting on a catch to eat and for the price how can you not have a couple of these reels stashed in your BOB, pack or camper.

What I have discovered in my searching how others use them is that they are not limited to fishing but also make a great addition to a snare rig where the slightest movement of the snare or a baited trigger line will release the reels spool and instantly wind up to capture the game. See the last video below, I think you'll be impressed with the snare ability.

The reel is only 3 inches in size and very light.

The width of the reel is just 1/2 inch wide. It comes loaded with the line, swivel and clasp as you see it here.

The trigger spool release.
The top arrow is pointing down to a hole where you use a string to tie the reel to a branch or jug for jug fishing. The arrow pointing to the left points to the trigger. When a fish or game tugs ever so slightly on the white spool line it will release the spool so the wound up spring tension can begin to reel up the slack and catch the fish or game if used for a snare. Very simple!

Manufacturers Comments:
2, Mechanical Fisher's Yo-Yo Fishing Reels, Very Sensitive Flat Trigger Mechanism,
Stainless Steel (Rust Proof) Spring & Galvanized Steel Frame
Pre-Spooled with 9-12' of 60# Test Nylon Line, Adjustable Spring Tension.
Made In The USA

$6.99 + $1.99 shipping

Source to buy:


Video on shore fishing using a tree limb with a yo-yo reel.

Video on jug fishing with a yo-yo reel.

Video on using a yo-yo reel for a snare.


  1. My son in-law uses them on dock at the lake. He has had good luck. If you use them in water with a lot of turtles you have to check them constantly . He jugs in deeper water, less turtles. I prefer a chicken wire fish trap. Check out Buckshot Hemming's website .

  2. Mike,

    You could also use this reel and line as a clothes line if you were in a situation where you needed to hang clothes to dry.