How to Put a Hook on a Fishing Line

How to Put a Hook on a Fishing Line
One of the skills a beginning angler must learn is how to tie a hook to a fishing line. Picking a knot to tie can be overwhelming, as there are dozens of knots available for the angler to use.

One of the strongest and easiest to tie is the Uni Knot. Practice tying this knot at home until it can be quickly tied from memory. Once this knot is mastered, the angler will never have to worry about the knot slipping and losing a fish.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Hook
  • Nail clippers
Step 1
Grasp the hook shank with the thumb and forefinger. Run 8 to 10 inches of line through the eyelet.
Step 2
Form a loop with the tag end of the line by turning the line back toward the eyelet. Adjust your grip on the hook shank so the loop is pinched where it crosses the standing line.
Step 3
Make six turns with the tag end through the loop. Moisten the knot with water or saliva.
Step 4
Slowly pull on the tag end while still holding the hook shank and loop. Alternate pulling on the standing line and the tag end until the knot is snug and the coils of line are tight against each other. Trim the tag end with nail clippers.

Tips & Warnings

Use caution when handling hooks.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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