How to Tie Snap Hooks to Flagpole Halyards

A flagpole halyard is the term applied to the rigged rope that is used to secure and raise a flag or banner. Typically, the halyard is attached to a pulley at the top of a flagpole. The halyard rope is fed through the pulley to make raising and lowering the flag easier. Snap hooks are commonly used to attach a flag to a halyard through metal grommets placed in the upper and lower corners at one end of the flag.

Use a simple method for connecting snap hooks to a halyard.
  1. Pull the looped halyard rope down to a position where the top of the flag should be located. The looped halyard rope will be fed through the pulley at the top of the flagpole and have both ends secured together. Choose the location based on personal preference or based on the location of the joined rope ends.

  2. Form a loop with the halyard rope at the point where the top of the flag will be positioned. Feed the halyard loop through the eye of a brass snap hook. The eye will be opposite to the end that opens.

  3. Pull the halyard rope loop through the eye of the snap hook and then over the end. Hold the snap hook and the main halyard rope and pull the loop tight against the eye of the snap hook.

  4. Snap the hook into the grommet in the top corner of the flag. Pull the rope down along the edge of the flag to locate the point for attaching the next snap hook.

  5. Move down the halyard rope 4 to 6 inches and form another loop. Feed the loop through the eye of another brass snap hook. Pull the loop through the eye and around the hook. Tighten the rope securely against the eye of the snap hook.

  6. Attach the second snap hook to the lower corner of the flag. Pull the halyard rope to raise the flag and secure the lower end of the halyard around the cleat located near the bottom of the flagpole.

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.