Storing snelled hooks?

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Storing snelled hooks?
<p>Here is a question.<br /> Does anyone have any ideas on storing tiny sneled hooks. I will be pre rigging a bunch of micro hooks and attaching a small swivel on the end of the line. I am wonderign if anyone has any ideas how to best store them.</p>


Mike B
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I carry snelled hooks in

I carry snelled hooks in Ziplock bags. Each size has its own bag (small size), which are then stored in a larger Ziplock, which I keep in a backpack with lots of pockets. A couple hooks might poke through time to time but I generally make it through the whole winter without having the change the bags. And its easy to see what hooks I want because I can see through the bags.

mike b

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I use a a piece of a pool

I use a a piece of a pool noodle and T-pins, hook the hook in the noodle wrap the leader around it and stick the T-pin through the swivel eye and stick it in the noodle

Hengelaar's picture
What Mike B said

(Tiny) little zip lock bags are really handy for keeping leaders of all kinds and sizes.


Fishn sure is neat

Cast_and_Blast's picture
I have something similar to a

I have something similar to a pool noodle like Dutch was talking about.  It is made for wrapping line around it and has grooves for the line to go in.  This works great for my tip-up leaders but not sure how light line would be.


I just snell them up in the field as I need them.  The only time it was really difficult was when I was in Laos and the heat would cause sweat to run into my eyes.  Practice makes perfect and I rarely lose any small hooks now.

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I usually use the pole rig

I usually use the pole rig winders often used by manufactueres of readymade pole rigs to sell their rigs on, the work great for all rigs, even those with floats on. if I have run out of winders I use a champagne cork.

kernel j
I will be pre rigging a bunch

I will be pre rigging a bunch of micro hooks and attaching a small swivel on the end of the line.

It is quite dilemma isn't it.  The #24 hook doesn't hold in most typical materials, at least not well enough to keep things from getting loose and tangled.


Made a micro rod with a two part handle that "snubs" the hook when the handle is pushed together.  It's a gentle foam-hook-foam holder when it's on the rod.  I'll get a pic sometime in the near future for you, it's not what your asking but the idea of pinching the little hook inbtween 2 sheets of foam may apply to something else.  Couldn't get the little bastard to stay into any material it was hooked into, the cut right through with minimal pressure.


For the snells, I've been usuing the bag idea until I can figure out something better.  Perhaps it's a skill learned with time,  but I can't see myself ever geting proficient with tying hooks that size when fishing.  Threading eyes, fine.  The knot is cool...but then I have to tighten it and there's where the problems start.   Especially with soft, wet skin.  

kernel j
Thanks Ken!

Ken sez...

A simple piece of 1/4" thick close cell foam with slits cut into the ends to help wrap and hold the line. 

Props to ya for a good idea, I dug up some 1/4" and played around a bit.  Shot below is of #24's, a few wraps around the foam and it gives me about a foot to tie with.  Probably could have a swivel where my tag ends are, if it's short tuck it under the line, if it's long poke a little hole and insert it a bit.  Some of you might be able to tie exactly 12" snells, something that's beyond my talents.

One can see where it could be stiffened a bit if longer was needed, I'm just gonna keep it short and put it all in the box as it doesn't take up much room.  The kinks, if they occur, should straighten-out easily with the 6x tippet.  Picked-up a new blue toy at the electronics store today...WOW can it pick up tiny hooks well, even pluck them off  little magnet strips.  Definitely going with me to the creek tomorrow, looks to have potential as a hook removal tool for small fish.  These ain't yer mom's tweezers, these things are a serious.  Dangerously sharp, too.