2 Inch hooklengths can be fiddly to tie by hand. Even a loop tyer can be difficult to use with such a short piece of line. But extra short hook links can be a real fish catcher on those days when a standard 4 inch hook link is not cutting it. The answer is to use a gate latch baiting needle to help tie the figure-of-eight loop knot in the end of the hook link.
2 Inch hook lengths – How to tie
Banded 8mm pellets are still the favoured baits used with the various flatbed feeders. Tie a size 12 or 14 wide gape hair rigging hook, onto your hook link line as a bait band hair rig. Use a pattern that has an out turned eye to allow the hook to sit straight on the line for better presentation and hooking. Our article called “How to tie a Pellet band and Bayonet hair rig” covers how tie these in detail.
With the hook tied, set the overall length of the hook link to 2 inches on a hook link jig. Please see our article “How to tie hook links the same length” for more on that subject.
Tying the loop
Next comes the fiddly job of tying a figure-of-eight loop knot in the end. The best way I have found to do this is with the help of a Gate latch baiting needle. Begin the loop in the usual way, but use a baiting needle to pull the loop through to complete the knot.
Cut off the tail end and pull the knot down tight to finish off.
Most of the time a standard 4″ hook link works well with any flat bed feeders. But on occasions, an extra short 2 inch hooklength will out-fish the classic 4 inch, making them an indispensable addition to your rigs.
Best of luck with your fishing.