How to Tie Snelled Hooks

How to Tie Snelled Hooks
Snell knots are popular with bait fishing anglers all over the country. With the knot on the shank of the hook, bait can be pinched between the knot and the eye of the hook leaving the hook point exposed to do its job. Read on for instructions on tying this popular knot.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Tying the Knot

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line Hook
  • Fishing line
  • Hook
Step 1
Begin the knot by inserting the line through the eye of the hook so it extends 1 to 2 inches past the hook. Insert the other end of the line through the eye going toward the rear of the hook. This will form a loop that will hang below the hook.
Step 2
Be sure to grasp the loop with your thumb and forefinger with one hand. Grab the bottom of the loop with your other hand and wind the loop starting behind the hook eye.
Step 3
Wrap the loop seven or eight times towards the bend of the hook and pinch the wraps. Use your free hand to pull the tag line hanging from the eye of the hook tight.
Step 4
When the knot is almost tight, slide it up to the eye of the hook and pull the remaining line tight. This will tighten the knot and keep it in place during repeated casts. Add your favorite bait, and you are ready to fish.

Tips & Warnings

Tie several leaders before a fishing trip so you do not have to fumble around when the fish are biting.
Be careful of the hook point when winding the knot.


Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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