How To Snell A Hook The Right Way

How to Snell a Hook
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Snell’s are useful for many types of fishing. They’re also easier than tying a regular knot. You can use them with any type of hook or line. And they’re versatile.

There are different ways to Snell a hook. Some people prefer to make wraps around the eye of the hook, while others prefer to wrap the terminal end of the line around the eye of the shank. 

Regardless of what method you choose, expert advice can help you get the best results. So read on to find out how to Snell a hook. 

Easy Snell Knot

The Snell knot provides a straight-line pull that is reliable when setting the hook, and it is recommended by pro bass fisherman Kevin Hawk. It is also recommended by us.

Learn how to tie this easy Snell knot by following the instructions below. 

Easy Snell Knot Tying Instructions

Run your tag end through the eye of the hook. Form a small loop and wrap the tag end around the shank of the hook.

Wrap the tag end around the line, starting from the point to the eyes. Then pull the tag end out through the loop you made.

This should make five or seven wraps. Once you’ve wrapped the tag end around the entire line, pull it out through the loop you created.

Pulling the wraps tight while holding them in place is important. Tightening the wraps makes the hook easier to use. You should clip the tag end after you’ve pulled the wraps tight.

Use A Snell Knot When Live Baiting

Capt. Dean Panos prefers Snelled hooks when fishing for tuna or snapper. He uses them because they’re more secure than loops. When he baits for the blue marlin, he uses a loop knot.

Fluorocarbons do not tie very well. Snellings provide a very good connection. When anglers pull the line tight, the hook should turn up instead of down.

Use Snell Knots with Circle Hooks

Circle hooks are used by fishermen to catch billfish. A circle hook is attached to a line using a Snell knot. Billfish often eat baits deep inside their stomachs. When this happens, a fisherman uses a circle hook to get them out.

A circle hook should be used when Snelling. Pulling tight on a fish increases the chances of getting a snag. Make sure the hook eye is smooth before tying a Snell.

A hook with an eye large enough to run the leader around and come back up through the eye, then crimping the shank. This method creates a strong connection.

Why Snell A Hook?

Why Snell A Hook

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Snelled hooks are commonly used by fishermen who troll or bait fish. The connection is made to the shank of a hook, not the eye. This allows the line to be easily removed if the hook gets stuck in the mouth of a fish.

Snell Wrap

A Snell knot is tied by wrapping the leader around the shank of the hook. Consider which direction you wrap your head around the shank of your hook.

I sent four different types of Snells to the IGfa headquarters in Dania Beach. All of them were wetted down before being tightened.

Three of the four Snells broke at or near the 20-pound test line. I should have sent along with a piece of sample leader, plus a uni-knot, to compare the strength of the leader to the strength of the knots.

The first Snell broke because the wraps were too long. The second Snell broke because the wrap was too short. The third Snell broke because the hooks were too far apart.

Now, I’ll always use wraps that go straight down the line of the Snell.

Snell knots should be tied slowly and kept wet. A dry leader will burn and weaken the knot.

When Not to Use a Snell Knot

Snelling hooks create a secure yet stiff connection from the leader to the bait. Anglers should use Snells when fishing for live bait.

Live bait needs more movement than dead bait. There is no reason to use a Snell knot when fishing with dead bait.

How To Snell Your Catfish Hooks?

A leader must be cut off the hook before it is inserted into the fish.

Then, it must be wrapped around the hook shaft seven or eight times making sure that the loop goes from the eye of the shank to the eye of the hook.

Finally, the leader should be pulled through the eye of the shackle. 

Why Snell Your Catfish Hooks?

A Snelled hook creates a strong connection between the leader line and the hook. Hooking into a big catfish doesn’t want a knot failing.

When hooked in the correct direction, the Snelled hook increases the effectiveness of circle hooks and hybrid circles.

A catfish hook should be tied properly or else it won’t work as well. You should know how to tie an easy Snell before attempting to use it.

How to Tie a Double Snell Knot

A Double-Snell knot is a very useful knot to improve your hookup ratio. This knot is used to connect two hooks together. You should follow these steps to make this knot:

Use a shock-resistant monofilament line.

Use four shielded stainless steel ball bearings to tie the knot.


Snell knots are a very popular type of knot when using live bait to fish. But there are times when they aren’t appropriate. For example, when fishing for dead bait, there’s no need to use a Snell.

You may want to consider adding a knot to your repertoire if you don’t already know how to tie one. If you like learning new things, take some time to learn how to tie a Snell knot.

If you’re interested in learning more about fishing techniques, check out our Fishing Techniques section. We have articles about everything from fly fishing to saltwater fishing.

We hope these tips helped you understand how to Snell a hook better. Good luck!

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