The Snell Knot

The Snell Knot

The Snell Knot

Step 1
Thread the leader through the hook eye.
The Snell Knot

The Snell Knot

Step 2
Form a large loop (at least 6") below the shank.
The Snell Knot

The Snell Knot

Step 3
Pinch the loop against the shank with one hand. With your other hand, begin wrapping the front "leg"¿ of the loop tightly around the shank, working toward the hook bend. Make sure each wrap is packed tightly against the one before it. Note: for the snell to be tied properly, the loop must pass around the hook bend and the tag end with each wrap. This will require the use of your middle fingers to keep the loop open when making the wraps.
The Snell Knot

The Snell Knot

Step 4
After making six tight wraps, slowly pull on the standing part of the line. This will close the loop and tighten the wraps around the shank. Slide the wraps snug to the hook eye before tightening the knot completely. With heavy leaders, you may need pliers for this. Trim the tag end and you're done.