Octopus hooks are also known as circle hooks. They can be used for everything, from drop shot rigs at my local lake to live bait in saltwater.
They increase hookset probabilities and lock up. They hook themselves by their unique shape and clever physics. They will usually return home at the corner of the fish’s mouth, exactly where you want them.
This preference is not unique to me. Pros all over the globe love a good circle hook.
These hooks need to be well-oriented and have a strong connection to function. This means that even the most beautiful knots, such as the Uni or Palomar, won’t work.
The Snell will do, and it is an essential knot that all anglers should know.
The Snell Knot – Best Line to Hook Knot
It’s easy: Good
How to tie the Snell Knot (Univision)
- Pass the tag end through your hook’s eye, parallel to the shank.
- Make a small loop.
- Wrap the mainline with the tag end and run away from the eye 5 to 7 more times. For braid and fluorocarbons, you will need 7-10 wraps.
- You will need to wet the knot and secure it with a securing device.
- Trimm the tag at the end.
The Snell Knot in Braid and Fluorocarbon
Many bass anglers depend on braided mainline and fluorocarbon leaders.
Many knots, if not all, that were created around the vice-like grip mono won’t hold in braid or fluorocarbon. However, the Snell will.
Braid is made from Dyneema or Spectra strands. These materials are extremely strong and can be twisted into a very smooth braid. Braid isn’t as friction-prone as mono, which can bite on itself very well.
As a result, braided lines are more likely to pull out under pressure than other types of braided lines. Anyone who has ever tied a mono-only braided knot can attest.
Fluorocarbon is also very hard. Fluorocarbon is also resistant to the bite that allows knots to hold. Therefore, it’s important to be familiar with fluoro-specific knots when using them as leader material.
The good news is that Snell can be used in braid or fluoro. Although it was originally designed for mono, the Snell is a very traditional knot. However, the multiple wraps and clever design of Snell help to distribute stress and increase friction and create a strong connection.
The Uni version is stronger than the regular option, and it’s a little faster to tie. However, the Uni version does not lose hold in slick materials.
Why Rely on Snell Knot?
- Proper orientation –The Snell knot ensures that the shank of a circle hook is straight and parallel to your mainline. Although it may not seem like much, it is essential for the proper function and appearance of the hook. No other knot does this as well.
- Quick –Although it is slower than many simple knots such as the Uni or Palomar the Snell still manages to be fast and efficient enough for its purpose.
- Simple –Although the Snell Knot might seem complicated, it is surprisingly easy to tie and learn, even on water.
What Happens When Snell Knots FAIL?
Even in slippery lines, the Uni Snell is very secure. It’s easy to tie, quick on the water, and great for orienting a circle hook to catch in a fish’s jaw. This is a knot that you can rely on.
It can also fail. These are the most common reasons.
- Tie the knot in a frayed or damaged string this is something we all have done. Failing to remove tattered lines until you have new material to tie a knot can lead to knot failure. Always inspect your line and, if in doubt, cut.
- You don’t need to tie your knot before you can pinch. This is an essential step. You should not wet your line before you pull it tight. This can cause friction and heat that can lead to a weakening of your line at the knot.
- Do not tie your knot. After you have tied the knot, pull it tightly until it is secure.
- Improper technique –Although it is not difficult to tie, you should practice it before you use it on the water.