To "snell" a hook means to attach the fishing line to the shank of a hook rather than the fishing hook's eye. It is popular within the fly fishing community for fly making.
Use Cases For The Snell Knot
- Tying fishing line to eyeless hooks.
- Ensures the pull of the line aligns with the hook's point.
- In bass fishing, it's useful when using large bullet weights with a Texas Rig.
- When snelling a Texas Rig, the bullet weight gets presses against the hook's eye during a hookset causing the hook's point to angle outwards. This is useful to prevent the bullet weight forcing the bass's mouth open during a hookset and can help increase your hook up ratio.
How To Tie A Snell Knot (Uni Version)
- Run the tag end of the fishing line through the hooks eye (if applicable).
- Form a loop below the eye.
- Pass the tag end through the loop, wrapping it around the line and fishing hook's shank about 5 times making sure to keep the wraps tight to each other.
- Work coils up the shank towards the eye of the hook.
- Pull the standing line and tag end away from each other to tighten.
- Congratulations, you've just learned how to snell a hook!