How to Tie a Spade End Hook

Written by keith dooley
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Spade end hooks are used by many anglers in the British Isles and Europe when fishing for carp. Featuring a small diameter wire, spade hooks are not readily found or used by anglers in the United States. The distinguishing difference between a spade and traditional hook is the lack of an eye. The shank of a spade hook is flattened in the location where an eye would normally be located. Spade hooks are attached to a line or leader with a specialised knot.

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  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Hold the spade hook by the bend so the shank is accessible.

  2. 2

    Place the end of a length of monofilament line along the shank of the spade hook. Pull the end of the line down and below the hook bend for 6 inches.

  3. 3

    Turn the end of the line back up along side the hook shank to form a loop. Hold the loop in place along the bend of the hook.

  4. 4

    Pull the main line along the hook shank tight. Wrap the end of the line around the shank and main line five times.

  5. 5

    Feed the end of the line through the loop being held at the bend of the spade hook. Moisten the knot with water or saliva.

  6. 6

    Pull the main line above the hook and the free end at the same time in opposite directions to tighten the knot down against shank.

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