How to tie an egg loop

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2003

1. Start with about 24-36 inches of leader. This knot usually takes 8-10 inches of line when tying, so cut accordingly for the desired leader length.

Thread one end of the line through the eye of the hook, just enough to match the length of the shank before the hook starts to bend (photo, top right).

2. Next, begin wrapping the line around the shank in a clockwise direction. The first loop can be a little tricky to get started and may take few tries (photo, second from top right).

3. Continue wrapping backwards toward the bend in the hook. Keep wraps tight and neat. Applying pressure on the line will keep them from coming loose (photo, middle right).

Every angler will have their own preference as to how many wraps to make, but generally 8-18 wraps are sufficient.

4. Next, take the opposite end of the leader, and parallel to the shank, thread it through the eye of the hook in the opposite direction from which the eye was originally threaded. Don't pull the line all the way through the eye; rather, leave plenty of line on the hook side of the eye in order to complete the knot (photo, second from bottom).

Be sure to keep the line taught or the wraps already made will come loose. If they do you may have to start from scratch.

5. Now, continue to make clockwise wraps over the line that was just put through the eye. Generally, 6-15 wraps should suffice (photo, bottom right).

These wraps should still be tight and neat, but do not have to be as tight as the original wraps. Make sure the wraps do not overlap or else the knot won't pull together correctly once complete.

6. Now, while maintaining pressure on the wraps by holding the line tight in one hand, grasp all of the wraps around the shank of the hook with the fingers and thumb of your other hand.

This will free up the hand that was originally holding the line tight. Now, use this free hand (or some may prefer to use their teeth) to grasp the end of the leader that was threaded back through the eye and slowly begin pulling the slack through.

Some twist in the line may occur, but continue to pull slowly allowing it to uncoil as you work it through, or else you'll end up with a bird nest.

Continue pulling until everything is snug. This final step is the trickiest part and may take a few tries to get the hang of it.

Don't get frustrated, just keep at it until you figure out how best to apply pressure to the line at all times (photo, top left).

Now, the hook is ready to have a small clump of roe inserted into the egg loop. Pull the line until the row is held snug against the hook shank where it belongs.

With large clumps of roe, it may be necessary to thread the hook through the egg cluster once or twice, then fold it back up the shank into the egg loop, where it can be cinched down tightly.


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