Posted by: socalsalty | April 6, 2012

How To: Tie A Snelled Hook

Snelled hook

Knowing how to tie a snelled hook is very useful for the fishing we do here in SoCal.  Last week, while in San Diego, I asked my friend and SoCal fishing mentor, John Anjard, to show me how to tie it.  He demonstrates in the video below.

One application for snelled hooks is that they’re great for rockfishing, or any other dropper loop scenario. Let’s say you tie a dropper loop, and for whatever reason you aren’t getting bit.  Maybe the fish are line shy today.  You can cut the loop so that the line isn’t doubled up, and snell a hook on the single line.  If you are going to cut a dropper loop, always cut the bottom end of the loop.  The little tag that sticks up helps keep your line out and away from the main line for a better presentation.  You want the line sticking out to be 4-6″ long.  After tying off, snip the tag end on the bottom end of the knot.

Usually you tie a snell for dead bait…squid, chunks, strips etc.  You can also use it for a live bait application.  I mentioned in the Spitfire trip report how at the end of the day we were targeting lings with the live sardines we had on the boat.  I did a dropper loop with a long loop.  I then cut the loop to make a long single line out from the main line.  On that line, I snelled a hook, leaving a long tag end.  From here you simply tie a stinger treble hook on the tag end.  The goal is to have the stinger long enough to snugly reach the anus of the sardine, but without bending the fish so that it swims naturally.  Pin the sardine on the snelled hook from bottom-to-top through the nose.  Attach the stinger into the butt of the fish.  Done.  This rig is also good for halibut.

Check out the video:



  1. you showed how to tie a snelled hook but what about the loop end . also if I wanted to tie 6 or 8 all the same length how do I do that .

    • Ray, the loop disappears when you tighten it up, but if you set it up properly, you will leave yourself some tag end to work with. Certain scenarios, like ling cod or halibut fishing, I like to put a treble hook on that loop end and use a open eye knot to do it. Been meaning to post about that knot…sometimes called a Perfection Loop.

      • thanks for the reply but I meant the loop at the opposite end . where your line connects . sorry for the confusion . ray

      • Pull the tag end and it disappears

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