How to snell a hook with a uni knot

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Just like a “snell” knot

Similar to the snell or longline knots, the modified uni knot is really handy to know - especially if you get into a bit of bait fishing. It's a good strong reliable knot.

Popular uses for this knot include:

  • attaching a hook to your line (particularly hooks with an offset eye);
  • making a one hook or two hook strayline rig when bait fishing;
  • tying a hook on to the trace when longline fishing.

snell your hook to the line with a modified uni knot

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How to tie the modified uni

So, no time like the present, let's go. Grab yourself some leader line and hooks, let's learn and get some knot tying practice in right now. 

Step 1:

Just quickly, here's a bit of fisho lingo you’ll need to know.

The end of your trace line that threads through hooks/sinkers/lures (the business end) is called the ’tag end’ of your trace line.

Ok away we go, first pass the tag end of the trace line through the eye of the hook. (Pass through approximately 25 cm of line).

snell your hook to the line with a modified uni knot

Thread the tag end of your trace line through the hook

Step 2:

With your left thumb and forefinger hold the line and eye of the hook.

Make a loop with the tag end line leaving approximately 12 cm of tag end line. The loop should be on your side of the hook.

snell your hook to the line with a modified uni knot

Hold the loop with your left hand.

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Step 3:

With your right hand take the tag end around the back of the hook and pass the line through the loop. Wrap it around to the back of the hook and loop five times. This will wrap the line around the shank of the hook.

snell your hook to the line with a modified uni knot

Tag end wraps around the back of the loop and through the middle of it

The wraps should start closest to the eye of the hook and progress down. Pin each wrap under your left thumb.

snell your hook to the line with a modified uni knot

Start the wraps closest to your thumb

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Step 5:

Still with your right hand hold and pin the tag end line and the bottom of the hook between your thumb and forefinger.

snell your hook to the line with a modified uni knot

Wrap the line around the shank of the hook

Step 6:

With your left hand slowly pull the line to pull the knot together. Once the knot has nicely come together, wrap the trace around your right hand once or twice, hold the hook (carefully) at the bottom and pull the line and knot nice and tight.

snell your hook to the line with a modified uni knot

Slowly pull the line to pull the knot together.

Step 7:

Trim the tag end of the trace line.

Pulling it tight gives you the chance to check the knot is strong, won’t slip and (therefore let big fish slip off your line) and you’ve tied it correctly.

That's it for how to snell your hook to the line with the modified uni knot. Once you learn this knot and the uni knot you've got all the knots you need for a couple of great strayline rigs.  Ka pai!

How to tie a modified uni knot

Pull the knot tight then trim of the extra tag end

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