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How to Tie a Spade End Hook

Updated November 21, 2016

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

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

  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. 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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Things You'll 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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