The Snell Rig: The Snell Rig is used to put a hook on the line. This works best when you are using a hook and bobber combination. 1. Insert one end of the leader through the hook's eye, extending it at least one to two inches past the eye of the hook. 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 han (or right hand if you are left handed).
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 at least seven or eight turns and hold wraps with left hand. Grip the end of the leader that is through the eyelet with your right hand (or left hand if you are left handed) 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 The Clinch Knot is similar to Snell rig, and will work best for the Hook and Bobber combination.
1. Take the line, and bring it up through the eye of the hook. Give yourself plenty of room at the top to work with. Typically about 8 to 12 inches will be plenty. 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 around the line. Keep the loops fairly loose at this point, as you will tighten them later.
4. Continue looping the free end around the straight line in the same direction. Form about four to six loops. The line will look like a spiral around the straight line. 5. Once you have finished looping, take the free end of the line (at the top of your spiral) and run it back through the bottom loop closet to the eye.
6. Slowly pull out all slack in the loops. The loops should pull tight against the line.
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