What Is a Snelled Hook?


If you are having trouble with your fishing hooks, or are not effectively hanging on to a hooked fish, try snelling your hook. Snelled hooks are not actually hooks--snelling is an alternative way of tying the fishing line on the hook.


  • Picture a fishing hook in your mind. Imagine putting the line through the eye of the hook once, and then passing it through again in the same direction so it creates a loop. After you wrap the loop around the hook several times and tighten it by pulling on both ends of the line, you will have tied a snell knot.


  • The snell fishing hook tying method is used to strengthen your hook and rod when fishing. Rather than traditionally fishing by just tying your line to a circle hook, you can use the snell fishing method for a strong performance and better chance of reeling in a fish.

The Facts

  • The snell tying method only takes a few seconds of your time and can make a world of difference. It has proved to be the elite of fishing hook knots for saltwater fishing.

Fun Fact

  • According to the Paul's Fishing Kites website, an investigation revealed a margin in catch rate between tying a circle hook and using the snell hook tying method. It was concluded that 20 percent of the catch rate favored snelling a hook.


  • Any time that hooks and fishing line are being used in an activity, they can become hazardous. Assist children or inexperienced fishers when the materials are in use.

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