Picture of How To Tie a Clinch Knot
The clinch knot is extremely easy to tie and it is also very dependable. I learned how to tie it from my father. We use it for everything, fesh and salt water, and it has always held up. The picture shown is my first fish and biggest fish cought on this knot. It is a stingray weighing about a pound that I cought when I was 5 and a 16 lb. redfish I cought a few years ago. I'm glad to share this and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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Step 1:

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The first thing you're going to need to do is thread the line through the eye of the hook or lure. Double it back to about 5 or 6 inches.

Step 2:

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Now, holding the loose end against the standing line, twist the hook or lure 7-10 complete rotations.

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Next, hold the hook to make sure it doesn't untwist and take the loose end and put it through the very first loop above the eye of the hook.

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Next, holding the loose end tightly against your hook or lure, pull the standing line and the hook in opposite directions. The twists should tighten into small coils. Make sure the coils don't overlap as you pull, the must go one over another or the knot will not be as strong.

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If the coils do not overlap, pull it the rest of the way tight. Then trim off the loose end and you should have this as your final product:
®Mar221 year ago
improved clinch knot is for sure the way to go. Also, wetting the line in the water or w spit ensures a better way w any knot... unless there is one that I'm not thinking about that would benefit from being dry.
drangern1 year ago
personally, the most reliable knot to tie. so trustable and never fails!!! thanks
ghavo2 years ago
Thanks of the tip... Just in time for our fishing trip...
sphsea3 years ago
Go one step better with the "improved clinch."

The first time you lose a 40 pound salmon due to knot failure, you'll appreciate the difference.

thingy3 years ago
FYI i spit on it just before i pull it tight. It makes it easier to tighten and keeps it from slipping for some reason. It must be my magic saliva.
Forn Man3 years ago
Great work! I like it. You can tie knots on my line anytime. 100. JF
VonnaP3 years ago
This is my go to fishing knot. It was the first one I learned and I've been using it for years. When I lose a fish, it's rarely from knot failure.
rimar20003 years ago
Thanks for sharing this, it seems genial: simple, easy, fast and safe!