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Snell Knot Tying ()
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Snell Knot Tying

Pass the end of the leader through the eye and then through again in the same direction. Grip the eye and both parts of the line. Wrap the loop around the shank of the hook 7 or 8 times. Shrink the loop by pulling on the standing end. Lubricate and pull both ends to tighten the knot and trim the end.

Snell Knot Details

Uses: The Snell Knot allows the leader, or tippet, to be directly tied to a baited hook. It was originally invented for use with eyeless hooks but it is still widely used today. It aligns the fishing line or leader with the shank of the hook.

Tying it: The Snell knot requires wrapping a loop around the hook. When tightening the knot, hold the turns under your fingers to ensure they snug down neatly.

Advantages: The Snell Knot is one of the older knots and is claimed to provide a reliable connection that preserves the strength of the line – particularly if the thickness of the eye is greater than the line diameter.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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