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How to Snell a Hook

Snell your hook to stick more fish.

January 13, 2011

A snelled hook makes the strongest line-to-hook connection, and, when tying a hook with an off set eye, the snell ensures the pull of the line is directly aligned with the hook point. Here’s the easiest method to snell a hook to a leader. Once learned, it can be tied by feel alone.

[1] Insert the line through the hook eye from the front, pinching the tag end against the hook shank with your thumb.

[2] Make six or seven wraps around the shank and tag end with the line, and secure the coils under your thumb.

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[3] Reinsert the line through the hook eye, this time from the backside of the hook.

[4] Lubricate with saliva and pull tight.

Whichever connection you choose to tie on hooks, always complete the pulling-tight phase with the hook held at right angles to the line. Doing so gives you better leverage and minimizes the chances of sticking yourself with the hook point.

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