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How To Tie The Snell Knot?

Tie The Snell Knot

Tying a fishing knot is a bit difficult but it provides a connection between the angler and his favorite fish. Several lines are used for fishing purposes but one of the most popular and older types of knots is the Snell knot. Snell knot is recommended by many anglers because it maintains the strength of the line, despite the weight of the bass. This article provides you with a complete guide if you are trying to tie a Snell knot.

What Is Snell Knot?

In the early times, the Snell knot used to be very popular among fishermen because no hooks or lines at that time had an eye and hole, allowing the line to pass through it. Snell knot is made up of braided fluorocarbon and monofilament lines which provides a strong and secure connection between the target and the bait. Interestingly, the Snell knot has remarkable strength, as it can hold a bass of 20 to 30 pounds without breaking.

How To Tie The Snell Knot?

Though tying the Snell knot is not very difficult, it still requires some skills for its perfect creation. Here are some of the easy steps which will ease your process of tying a Snell knot.

1:  At first, you have to take a J-shaped hook and hook-link, then from the eye of the hook, pass a line through it.

2:  Now you have to make a loop, big enough so that 2 fingers can easily pass through it.

3:   Next twist your fingers to develop tension in the loop.

4:  Now, whip the bottom portion of the hook line around the hook shaft and link both ends with the hook.

5:  Try to maintain a strong grip over everything to keep them tight.

6:  Next step is to make 7 to 8 turns of the line over the hook.

7:  Further, tighten the knot by pulling the opposite ends of the hook line toward the downward direction, this will prevent the hook from breaking or damage.

8:  As the loop tightens, it reduces in size and becomes smaller. Try to avoid the overlapping of the loop while tightening it.

9:  With the help of a baiting needle, slide the loop towards the hook eye to fasten it finally.

10:  With the lighter, blob both ends of the line, then cool it and cut the excess line.

Your Snell knot is ready!

What Are The Types Of Snell Knots?

The perks of using snell knot are: :

  • Uni-Snell Knot
  • Easy Snell Knot
  • Sliding Snell Hook Knot
  • Double Hook Snell Knot
  • Egg Loop Knot
  • Nail Snell Knot
  • Improved Snell Knot

What Are The Perks Of Using A Snell Knot?

There are many advantages of using a Snell knot while fishing:

  • It provides a strong connection between the angler and the fish.
  • It is quick and cannot be loosened easily.
  • It provides a steady line with the hook shank.
  • It makes a circle hook in the lips of the fish.
  • As there is no knot around the eye, so the chances of grasses or debris getting stuck in it are negligible.

Bottom Line

There are a few steps that should be followed to tie an easy and simple Snell knot. Snell knot is one of the most popular types of fishing knot among anglers and fishermen because of its breakage strength. If you want to tie a Snell knot, you may fail for the first time, but a few attempts will make you get it right.

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