How to Tie a Hook Onto a Fishing Rod

How to Tie a Hook Onto a Fishing Rod
Fish hooks are used by anglers to present a variety of natural and soft plastic baits to game fish. From live night crawlers and crickets in fresh water to cut menhaden, shrimp and squid in salt water, a variety of bait-holder hooks are used. Securely attaching a line to a bait-holder hook can be easily accomplished by using a knotting technique designed for these types of hooks.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Fish hook
  • Pliers
  • Scissors or snips
Step 1
Hold a bait-holder hook by the bend with the shank on top and the hook on the bottom. Position the hook so that the eye can be easily accessed.
Step 2
Thread the free end of the monofilament or fluorocarbon line through the eye of the hook so that it exits on the point side of the hook.
Step 3
Pull the free end of the line down past the bend and hold the line in place along the shank of the hook. Turn the free end of the line back toward the eye forming a loop beneath the shank.
Step 4
Wrap the free end of the line around the main line and shank of the hook and then through the loop four times. Moisten the knot and pull tight. Trim the excess line extending from 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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