How to Tie a Slip Hook on a Fishing Line

How to Tie a Slip Hook on a Fishing Line
Slip or sliding hooks are useful when using bait such as squid, sardines or mackerel. The slip hook will slide up or down the leader, allowing custom rigging for just about any size bait. Dual hook set-ups will increase the chance of hooking any fish that strikes the bait. Salmon anglers commonly use this type of rigging when drifting, or "mooching," as it is sometimes called. Since this knot has a moderate difficulty level, practice beforehand until proficient.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hooks
  • 2 sections of leader material
  • Nail clippers
Step 1
Pass the leader through the eyelet of the fixed hook. Ensure the tag end is parallel against the hook shank. Pinch the line against the hook shank with fingers.
Step 2
Double back the standing line and make three wraps around the shank. Pull the loops tight. Insert the leader back through the eyelet forming a loop.
Step 3
Wrap three more turns around the hook shank. Ensure the turns are below the upper knot. Run the loop end over the barbed end of the hook. Pull snugly, making sure all loops stay in place. Trim the tag end with nail clippers.
Step 4
Run the second section of leader material through the eyelet of the sliding hook. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 from above. With the first knot tied and the loop formed, pass the leader of the lower hook through the eyelet and loop.
Step 5
Make three wraps with the loop around the hook shank, the second leader tag end and the lower section of the leader. Work slowly to ensure the wraps are tight against themselves and the upper knot.
Step 6
Place the loop around the hook barb and tighten snugly. Trim the tag end and standing line of the sliding hook.

Tips & Warnings

Moisten both knots before tightening.
Use caution when working with 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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