Gone Outdoors

How to String a Fishing Hook

by Keith Dooley

A lazy afternoon along the bank of a pond, lake, stream or river can be a great way to spend an afternoon. A simple fishing set up and bait is all that is actually required to catch a variety of game fish species. Part of setting up a simple fishing rig is stringing or attaching a hook to the fishing line. Many people may shy away from the hook stringing process; however, it is easy to attach a hook to your fishing line.

String the hook by tying an improved clinch knot. Pass the tag or free end of your fishing line through the eye of the fish hook. Pull five or six inches of line through the eye.

Twist the tag end of the line around the main line making six or seven complete wraps around the line. Hold the hook and both lines with one hand and wrap the tag end around the main line with the other. The hand used to wrap will depend on your dominant hand. Forming the wraps around the main line will create a small loop just above the eye of the hook that will be used later in tying the knot.

Continue to hold the hook and lines firmly in place with one hand, and with the other, turn the tag end of the line down toward the hook and pass it through the small loop formed in the line just above the eye of the hook. Do not pull the line tight at this point.

Feed the tag end through the larger loop formed along side the knot. This larger loop was formed along side the wrapped main line when the tag end was pulled down to pass through the small loop above the eye.

Moisten the knot and pull the tag end to tighten the knot down around the eye of the hook. Use a pair of scissors to cut excess line from the knot.

Items you will need
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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