Uses: The Snell Knot allows the leader, or tippet, to be directly tied to a baited hook. This fishing knot was originally invented for use with eyeless hooks but it is still widely used today. The Snell Knot aligns the fishing line or leader with the shank of the hook.
Tying it: The Snell knot requires wrapping a loop around the fishing hook. When tightening the knot, hold the turns under your fingers to ensure they snug down neatly.
Advantages: The Snell Knot is one of the older fishing knots and is claimed to provide a reliable connection that preserves the strength of the fishing line – particularly if the thickness of the eye is greater than the line diameter.