A snell knot is a knot a lot of anglers overlook, but it's one of the best ways to ensure the point of a hook pulls into a fish's mouth.
Offshore anglers use this knot when fishing with circle hooks, but bass anglers in the know also employ it when flipping heavy cover because of how it leverages the hook.
And tying it couldn't be simpler. You can watch this quick video, but here are the steps:
• Pass the line through the eye of the hook, ensuring that it's going from the point side of the eye to back of the hook.
• Pull several inches of line through the eye, and line it up along the hook shank.
• Form a loop, with the tag end of the line going back toward the eye. Pinch the two parts of the line near the bend.
• Hold the pinched lines, and wrap the tag end of the line around the main line and hook shank, forming six to eight tight wraps.
• Pass the tag end through the loop, moving from the bend of the hook upward toward the eye.
• Pull the tag end and main line (above the hook's eye) in opposite directions, ensuring the wraps stay nice and tight.
• Slide the knot up to the eye and pull as tight as possible, with pressure maintained on each side of the knot.
• Trim the tag end, leaving a little line to allow the knot to tighten on the hook set if necessary.