Fishing Knots

The Snell Knot-Uni Version

For knot-lovers and fishermen everywhere, strong, efficient knots are a necessity. Snelling a hook simply means to tie a line to a hook. The way it is tied will affect how the line behaves when cast, reeled, or pulled. For this reason, many prefer the Snell Knot, which provides a straight, even pull on the fishing line. There are a few different ways of going about it, though, so this article will look at one of the variations of the Snell Knot - Uni Version.
 
Step 1:
 
The first step is simple: run your line through the eye and down the shank of the hook. Next, bring it back toward the eye to form a loop between the hook and the eye. 

Step 2:
Then, grab the loose end of the line from the loop, and thread it around both the hook shank and the rope loop in short wraps. About four to six is recommended, as well as keeping the wraps pretty close to each other to keep the knot tight. So, to recap this step: when this step is finished, there should be a medium-sized loop between the eye and the hook, with four to six mini-loops around the bigger loop and the hook shank. The tag end of the line should be through the loop hanging toward the hook end. 

Step 3:
The last step is simple: just work the coils down toward the eye, and pull on both the tag end and the line through the eye to tighten the knot. This should make a neat, coiled knot through the eye and around the hook shank. 
 

Our Take:

This completes the Snell Knot - Uni Version! It may take a few tries, but don't despair! Many knots look difficult at first glance, but after a few times going through it with real materials, become much simpler. There are numerous guides online if you get stuck, as well as tutorials or illustrations. Happy fishing!
Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for Fishing.org and Shooting.org. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.