How To Snell A Hook

How To Snell A Hook In 5 Easy Steps

Have you been hitting a wall in your progress as a bass angler? Looking to land bigger bass on a consistent basis? Mastered basic techniques and looking to add some more complex techniques into your repertoire? If so, it may be time for you to master tying your hook with a snell knot.

Learning how to snell a hook was a game changer for me. I was fishing a lot of heavy cover at the time, and my results just weren’t where I wanted them to be. I was consistently triggering bites, so I couldn’t figure out why I was having trouble getting them into the boat. My answer came in the form of the snell knot.

Tying a snell knot, which ties directly to the shank of the hook, leverages the hook with the weight on the line. This consistently creates resistance that allows for the leverage you need to hook big bass in heavy cover and vegetation. If you are looking to add a technique that will allow you to land bigger bass in heavy cover, check out this guide on how to snell a hook.

Equipment You Need to Follow On How To Snell A Hook


I always use a straight shank worm hook with a snell knot. Since this guide focuses on using a snell knot in heavy coverage, I suggest going with a heavy hook. I prefer the Gamakatsu 4/0 hook as it is consistent and durable enough to fight through coverage and vegetation.


I suggest using a braided 10 lb. line while using a snell knot for bass fishing. The Tri-Poseidon PE Max Power line from Bass Smashers is a great line for its blend of durability and affordability. I’ve found the line to hold weight as advertised and the 10 lb. variety allows for sizeable bass to be landed securely.


I usually use a snell knot for flipping in heavy cover. For that reason, I use a 1/2 oz. weight, but it really depends on the amount of coverage you are flipping in. For the purposes of this guide, I will assume you intend to use your snell to flip in heavy coverage. I suggest using a 1/2 oz. bullet weight.


I prefer using a soft bait for flipping with a snell knot, as they have less chance of getting caught on vegetation. Lately, I’ve been using the VISSEN BSS-S02 lures from Bass Smasher. They come at an affordable price and move through vegetation well.

Weight Stoppers

Weight stoppers are a cheap and versatile tool to use while flipping in heavy coverage. I usually put two on the line, as I’ve found one will burn off during a day fishing. Any weight stopper will work, I use 8-10 lb. stoppers for flipping.

Steps To Follow On How To Snell A Hook

Step One: Attach Your Weight and Stopper

Adding two bobber stoppers will save you time when fishing. Attach two back-to-back on your line. This way you won’t have to worry about retying while you are out fishing. Also, unlike if you were pegging with fluorocarbon, you can just cut your hooks and change your weights easily and conveniently.

The weight is essential for taking full advantage of the snell knot. Make sure your stoppers are catching the weight. For a video demonstration of how to attach weight and stoppers, watch the video below.

Hook facing down bring line up through the line pinch line grab line bring forward wrap the line behind the main line but in front of the barb three times made a loop, bring tag end up through loop.

Step Two: Pass and Loop Line

Take your line and pass it through the eye of your hook. Lead your line down the shank of the hook. Then, double the line on the shank. This will create your loop. For a video demonstration of this step, please see video below.

Step Three: Secure Hook and Line

This step must not be overlooked, as doing so will result in your snell knot coming undone. You must make sure to keep a secure grip during the whole process of tying your snell knot. Make sure the loop is held parallel to the hook by wrapping it around the shank of the hook.

Step Four: Begin Wrapping

I suggest wrapping the line over your hook six to eight times. This will ensure that your snell knot remains secure and is leveraged properly while you fishing. Make sure to wrap around both the hook and line. For a video demonstration of proper leverage using a snell knot, you can check out this video:

​Step Five: Tighten Your Knot

Insert your line through the loop you have created. Once you have passed the line through the loop, pinch the hook where the wraps are. From there, pull the main line until the loop tightens. From there, pull until the snell knot is secure. For a video demonstration, refer to the following video:


Tying a snell knot allows you to use flipping techniques in heavy coverage. The leverage the snell knot creates allows you to get the consistent leverage you need to hook bass. This guide took you through the essential steps necessary to tie a snell knot. For a video demonstration of the complete process, watch this video:

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