How to Snell a Fishing Hook

How to Snell a Fishing Hook
Snelled hooks are unique in that the knot is tied on the shank of the hook instead of the eyelet. Properly tied, the snell knot is strong and allows the knot to be hidden by the bait. Trout fishermen like a snelled hook because a salmon egg will easily conceal the knot. Snelled hooks are available already tied in most tackle stores, but there is no reason the angler cannot tie his own. Using a variation of the uni-knot, snelling a fishing hook is quick and easy.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hook Pliers Nail clippers
  • Hook
  • Pliers
  • Nail clippers
Step 1
Run 5 to 6 inches of line through the hook eyelet. Pass the tag end just under the eyelet and form a loop.
Step 2
Pinch the line against the hook shank with your thumb and forefinger. Grab the tag end and make five turns around the loop and the hook shank.
Step 3
Pull on the tag end while holding the standing line and tighten the knot until snug. Grasp the hook in one hand and the standing line in the other.
Step 4
Pull until the knot is tight against the eyelet. Trim the tag end close to the knot.

Tips & Warnings

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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