How to Tie the Snood Knot
(or Snell Knot)

The Snood Knot is the one to use for connecting nylon monofilament and fluorocarbon lines to hooks with cranked eyes, where it will hold the hook shank in-line with the hook length rather than allowing it to rotate, as would a Uni-Knot.

Conversely, it shouldn't be used on hooks with straight eyes, as it will hold them off at an angle as shown further down this page - use the Uni-Knot for those.

This knot is also known as the Snell Knot, and hooks tied with it are often referred to as 'snelled hooks'.

Here's how to tie the Snell Knot...

How to tie the Snell Knot, Stage 1Stage 1

First, pass the line through the hook's eye twice,as shown here. Note the loop hanging under the hook.

How to tie the Snell Knot, Stage 1Stage 2

Artwork by Andrew Simpson

Then, take the loop and wind it around the hook's shank and both lines. Make 5 or so turns for heavy lines, perhaps 10 for the lightest.

To tighten the knot, grip the turns between thumb and forefinger and pull the line in the direction of the arrow.

And here's what happens if you tie it in a straight-eyed hook - that's the one on the right ...

Tying the Snell Knot on a straight-eyed hook and a crank-eyed hook

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