How to Thread a Fishing Hook

How to Thread a Fishing Hook
When you finally get the chance to go on that big fishing trip at your favorite stream or lake, the last thing you want as you make your first cast is to watch your lure sail free and disappear below the surface of the water. If you are struggling with tying hooks onto your fishing line, a little practice and know-how will soon have you confidently casting to trophy fish.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Fish hook
  • Snips
Step 1
Select a hook that you would like to attach to the fishing line. Hold the line in one hand and the hook in the other so that the eye is easily accessible for tying.
Step 2
Pass the end, or tag, of the line through the eye of the hook so that 3 to 4 inches of line extends through the hook. You will need this amount of line to tie the clinch knot.
Step 3
Wrap the tag end of the line around the main line. Begin near the eye of the hook and make 6 to 7 concentric turns. The turns should be moving away from the hook eye.
Step 4
Hold the wraps in place and pass the tag end of the line down and through the small loop formed just above the hook eye. Do not tighten the knot at this point.
Step 5
Pass the tag end through the elongated loop to the side of the knot. This was formed when the line was brought down to the small loop above the hook eye. Moisten the knot and pull the tag end to tighten the knot. Use a pair of snips to trim the excess tag end from the knot.

Tips & Warnings

This is a great all-around knot for many fishing hook applications including fly fishing, bass fishing as well as many saltwater applications.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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