Snelling a hook
  |  First Published: July 2013

Snelling or snooding a hook onto a line harks back to a time when hooks had flattened ends and no eyes as such, and therefore the line had to be knotted around the shank.

In more modern times, the snell remains a good knot for use on hooks with offset eyes, for rigging two hooks in a long bait, for circle hooks where an off-centre leader angle can be advantageous, and it was once popular for rigging double hooks in skirted lures before the advent of the crimping systems we have today.

The snell knot can also be used to set the front hook position on nylon or wire, so regardless of baitfish size, it will always be in the right place. When your wire rigs are all set for yesterday’s slimies, there’s nothing more annoying than discovering that today’s have grown overnight — or shrunk!

A snell can be tied in almost any breaking strain line, from 6kg to 250kg. Heavier line will require fewer wraps.

Fluoro orange line has been used here for illustrative purposes only — it’s probably best not to use it for leader material!

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