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Some time ago, we posted a tip suggesting that you try placing more turns of line when tying the egg loop. We received a number of emails from anglers stating that this tip helped keep the bait on better than the 'standard' number of wraps ... however, we also received a number of emails from those that didn't know how to tie this knot in the first place. So, for those of you needing some help with that ... here you are!

The finished egg loop with the loop openedYou can choose to learn how to tie this knot from the following description and pictures, or if you wish, click here to visit our videos page to download a video of Bob tying the knot.

A solid egg loop provided the connection to this bright Olympic Peninsula hen.

Some advice for first tying this knot - (1) always remember to work slowly until you really have the hang of it and (2) always keep your loops tight ... let them get loose while you're tying and it's all over! We will describe how to tie this know for right handers ... lefties, well, you'll just have to reverse everything.
First off, cut off your piece of leader - this knot usually consumes about 8 inches of line when tying, so cut accordingly - if you want a leader of about three feet, start with a piece of line just under four feet in length.

Step 1: Insert one end of line through the eye of the hook.

Start the knot tying process by holding the bend of the hook inbetween you left thumb and forefinger at the bend of the hook and feeding one end of the line through the eye of the hook until you can grasp it with the same fingers holding the hook ... hold on to the hook and line tightly.

Step 2: grasp line with thumb and forfinger while still holding onto hook.

Next, begin wrapping the line around the shank of the hook just behind the eye in a clockwise direction. The first loop is the toughest to make and you'll find that you have to exert pressure in just the right direction to start it.

Step 3: Begin making wraps.

Continue wrapping backward towards the shank of the hook ... we like about 18-20 wraps to hold the bait better as mentioned previously. Be sure to make these wraps tight and always keep pressure on the line so that the loops don't come loose.

Step 4: Continue wrapping back about 20 times

Your next step is to place the opposite end of the leader parallel to the shank of the hook and go through the eye in the opposite direction that you originally did. The tricky part here is holding the line tight on the first set of wraps you made. Don't put the leader through the eye more than an inch or so or it makes the next step tough!

Step 5: Insert opposite end of leader through the eye.

Your next step is to now wrap over the line that you put through the eye. Also make these wraps clockwise. On this set of wraps, we like to only wrap with medium pressure as it makes following steps easier and keeps lightweight lines from burning and weakening in the process.

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Continue to make about four or five wraps. Throughout this process, always make sure that wraps do not overlap or else the know will not pull tight correctly.

Step 7: Continue making your wraps, about four or five in you second set.

Now, while maintaining pressure with your right hand on the line with which you made your wraps, grasp all of the wraps on the shank of the hook with your left thumb and forefinger to hold them tightly. With your right hand (or your teeth as we like to do), grasp the little bit of line left hanging out of the eye and pull it through the wraps in your left hand. Make sure to do this slowly, as there will be some twist in the line that you are pulling through and it must uncoil itself as you slide it through ... otherwise, you're going to have a big mess!

Step 8: Hold all the wraps tightly on the hook.

Final step is easy, just pull everything snug!!! You'll probably mess this up the first time, but hang with it. Everybody who ties this knot on a regular basis has a favorite way to keep pressure on the line while tying the knot. Just do what is most comfortable for you!

Pull tight ... you're done!

Remember, you can see a video of this procedure located in the videos section if you want to see it done that way! Good luck!

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