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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
The wraps should start closest to the eye of the hook and progress down. Pin each wrap under your left thumb.
Still with your right hand hold and pin the tag end line and the bottom of the hook between your thumb and forefinger.
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.
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!