I manufacture two sizes of simple spreaders plus a unique swivel spreader. These devices are used to separate your lure from your weight when trolling or casting. Unlike cheap, imported spreaders, I craft each one with 3-100# crane swivels and 2 heavy-duty Duo-Lock Snaps. I have found that the 90º spring other manufacturers use is unnecessary as the spreader must be straightened after fighting a fish, whether the spring is there or not. Plus, a spreader without the spring creates less drag and turbulence in the water.
Why Should You Use a Spreader?
Lends directional weight and stability to keep the leader and lure separate.
As you are preparing to cast, it keeps the lure separate from the lead.
Through the air.
The spreader prevents the leader and lure from wrapping the mainline as the weight is pulling them through the air.
Entering the water:
The increased resistance makes the leader and lure follow and wrap the mainline if you do not use a spreader. Once the weight hits the bottom, the spreader keeps the lure separate from the weight.
Retrieving the gear:
You are less likely to wrap your leader around your weight during retrieval using a spreader.