You’re only as strong as the weakest link in your tackle.
The Snell Knot provides a reliable straight-line pull when setting the hook, as the knot is formed around the shank of the hook, not through the eye. This makes it perfect for attaching stingers and droppers.
There are several ways to achieve the same outcome, however this is the traditional Snell Knot.
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Insert the tag end of your leader through the hook eye toward hook barb, pulling enough line through to allow you to form a back-hand loop below the hook.
Pinching the hook and leader between the thumb and forefinger of one hand, begin making wraps around both the hook shank and leader towards the hook barb with
the loop of leader.
Hold each wrap in place with your holding hand’s middle finger as you lay wrap after wrap beside each other.
Continue to wrap for 7 or 8 turns.
When you’ve completed your wraps with the loop, switch hands to hold the turns in place, while you pull on the end of the leader that is through the eye slowly and steadily.
When knot is almost tight, slide it up against eye and then pull the other end of the leader with pliers to fully tighten the knot.
NOTE: If you intend to add a stinger hook to that end, DO NOT USE PLIERS! Any crimping of the line will weaken the breaking strain. Apply maximum strength with your hands instead.