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The Snell Fishing Knot

The Snell Knot provides a strong connection when fishing with bait and using a separate length of leader.  You can only use a Snell Knot with a leader.


1.   Insert one end of the leader through the hook’s eye, extending 1 to 2 inches past the eye. 
Insert the other end of the leader through the eye in the opposite direction pointing toward the barb of the hook.
Hold the hook and leader ends between your thumb and forefinger of left hand.  Leader will hang below the hook in a large loop.

2.   Take the part of the large lower loop that is closest to the eye and wrap it over the hook shank and both ends of the leader toward the hook’s barb.

3.   Continue to wrap for 7 or 8 turns and hold wraps with left hand.  Grip the end of the leader that is through the eyelet with your right hand and pull it slowly and steadily.  Hold the turns with your left hand or the knot will unravel.
When knot is almost tight, slide it up against the eye of the hook.  Grip the short end lying along the shank of the hook with a pair of pliers.  Pull this end and the standing line at the same time to completely tighten the knot.

The Clinch Knot

1. Bring the free end of the line up through the eye of the hook.Give yourself about a foot of free line on top to work with.

2. Take the free end back, behind and then under the straight line.

3. Bring the free end back over the top to form a full loop. Keep loops fairly loose at this point.

4. Continue looping the free end around the straight line in the same direction. Form about four loops

5. With the free end coming from the bottom of a turn, pass it between the eye and the first loop.

6. Slowly pull out all slack. Then pull tightly and trim off the end.

Knot Tying – The Improved Clinch Knot

1.An old standby for fishermen.  Pass the line through the eye of hook, swivel or lure.   Double back and make 5 turns around the standing line. 
Hold the coils in place; thread end of line through the first loop above the eye, then through the big loop as shown

2.  Hold the tag end and standing line while coils are pulled up.  Take care that coils are in spiral, not lapping over each other.  Slide tight against the eye.  Clip tag end.

The PALOMAR KNOT – For Joining Line To A Fish Hook

The Palomar Knot is easy to tie correctly, and consistently the strongest knot known to hold terminal tackle.
1.  Double about 4″ of line and pass the loop through the eye of fishing hook.

2.   Let the fishing hook hang loose, and tie an overhand knot in the doubled line. Avoid twisting the lines and do NOT tighten the knot.

3.   Pull the loop end of the line far enough to pass it over the hook, swivel or lure. Make sure the loop passes completely over the attachment.

4.   Pull both the tag end and the standing line until the knot is tightened.  Clip off the tag end of the fishing line.

Jansik Knot – A Popular Knot For Muskie Fishing

A strong knot.  The Jansik Special Knot is a popular knot with muskie fisherman. 
1.   Run about five inches of line through the eye of fish hook or fishing lure.
Bring it around in a circle and run it through again. 

2.   Make a second circle, parallel with the first and pass the end of the line through the fishing hook eye a third time.

3.   Bend the standing part of the line around the two circles. Bring tag end around in a third circle and wrap it three times around the three parallel lines.

4.   Hold the fish hook, swivel or fishing lure with pliers. Hold the standing line with other hand and hold the tag end in teeth. Pull all three to tighten.  (Arrows identify standing line.)

The Trilene Fishing Knot
The Trilene Knot is a strong reliable connection that resists slippage and premature failures.

The Trilene Knot is an all-purpose connection to be used in joining monofilament to swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures.  The knot’s unique design and ease of tying yield consistently strong, dependable connections while retaining 85-90% of the original line strength.  The double wrap of mono through the eyelet provides a protective cushion for added safety.

Trilene Knot —  Joining Monofilament to Tackle)

1.   Run the end of line through eye of hook or lure and double back through the eye a second time.

2.   Loop around the standing part of line 5 or 6 times.

3.   Thread the tag end back between the eye and the coils as shown.

4.   Pull up tight and trim the tag end.

Clinch Knot

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