Snell Knot

The Snell Knot is great for tying eyed hooks to hook lengths because it is strong and reliable. Learning to tie the Snell Knot might seem pointless for just attaching hooks. But it has other uses and these make the Snell Knot a good knot to know.

To Tie a Snell Knot:

Insert one end of the leader through the hook’s eye extending one or 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 long loop.Snell Knot 1
Take the part of this loop that is closest to the eye and wrap it over the hook and shank and both ends of the leader toward the hook’s barb. 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 or the knot will unravel.Snell Knot 2
When the 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.Snell Knot 3