How to String a Fishing Hook

How to String a Fishing Hook
Attaching a fishing hook to your line is a simple and necessary part of rigging. Many anglers, however, do not take the time to tie the correct knot for attaching, or stringing, a hook onto a fishing line. Securing a hook to the main line or leader requires you to tie the knot properly because it is often the weakest point in your line.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line
  • Hook
  • Scissors
Step 1
Hold a hook so that the eye is easily accessible for tying a Palomar knot. Pass 8 to 10 inches of the free end of your monofilament or fluorocarbon line through the eye of the hook.
Step 2
Form a loop in the line and feed the free end of the line back through the eye of the hook. This will create a working loop on one side and a double line on the other side of the hook eye.
Step 3
Hold the working loop in one hand and the doubled line in the other. Cross the working loop over the doubled line to form a simple overhand loop. Wrap the working loop around the doubled line and then through the overhand loop.
Step 4
Pull the working loop down along the shank of the hook and around the bend of the hook. Tighten the knot by pulling on the free end of the line.
Step 5
Adjust the Palomar knot as you continue pulling the free end of the line. Moisten the knot with water or saliva and pull it down tightly against the eye of the hook. Trim the excess line on the free end of the knot to within 1/8 inch of the knot with scissors.

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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