How Do I Tie New Fishing Hooks?

How Do I Tie New Fishing Hooks?
Attaching a new hook to a fishing line is a common and often repeated part of fishing. It's necessary when a hook breaks off or becomes damaged or worn. Some anglers overlook the importance of using the right knot and proper tying techniques. A knot can often be the weak link in a fishing rig, especially when angling for large game fish. Choosing a knot that features the line passing through the hook eye two times will help keep the knot strong.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Hold a new hook so that the eye is easily accessible for tying the Trilene knot. Pass the free end of the line through the eye of the hook.
Step 2
Pull the line around and through the eye once again forming a loop around the eye of the hook. Bring the free end of the line up along side the main line and do not pull the loop around the hook eye tight. Leave the loop loose and open.
Step 3
Wrap the free end of the line around the main line three to four times. Begin forming the wraps just above the loop and work your way up the line.
Step 4
Hold the wrapped line in place and turn the free end of the line down toward the eye of the hook. Pass the free end through the loop you formed earlier around the hook eye.
Step 5
Moisten the knot with water or saliva and pull it down tight against the eye of the hook. Trim excess line from the free end of the knot to a length of 1/8 inch 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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