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The Snell Knot - Fishing Knots
The Snell Knot
The Snell Knot is a knot used to pre-rig small leaders onto baithooks.
You'll often see 'snelled' hooks for sale in packs of 6 or 8 at the
sporting goods stores. This knot retains almost all of the line strength
of the leader. Here's how to tie your own snelled hooks:
Insert one end of the leader through the hook's eye extending one to
two inches past the eye. Insert the other end of the leader through
the eye in the opposite direction pointing toward the barb of the
hook. Hold the hook and leader ends between thumb and forefinger of
your left hand. Leader will hang below the hook in a large loop.
Take the part of this loop that is closest to the eye and wrap it
over the hook shank and both ends of the leader toward the hook's
Wrap for 7 or 8 turns and hold wraps with left hand. Grip the end of
the leader that is through the eyelet with your right hand and pull
it slowly and steadily. Hold the turns with your left hand if the
knot will unravel. When knot is almost tight, slide it up against the
eye of the hook. Grip the short end lying along the shank of the hook
with a pair of pliers. Pull this end and the standing line at the
same time to completely tighten the knot. Trim the tag end.