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The Improved Clinch Knot - Fishing Knots
The Improved Clinch Knot
The improved clinch knot is one of the most widely used knots among
freshwater fishermen and women. It is easy to tie, has a very high
percentage knot strength, and holds well without slipping. The trick to
a good improved clinch knot is to tighten it up without causing friction
damage to the line. A little water or spit will lubricate it as you pull
it tight so it won't damage the line.
Insert the your line through the eye of the hook giving it several
inches for the tag end.
Twist the tag end around the main line 6 or 7 times (extremely thick
line might require you do only 4 or 5 twists).
Put the tag end back through the hole between the two lines right next
to the eye of the hook.
Put the tag end back through the loop that you just created with the
Pull the main line tight while keeping the tag end taut as well. As
you tighten, you may need to 'help' the coils around the main line
slide down towards the hook.
When all is tight, trim the tag end leaving just enough so it won't
unravel (about 1/16th to 1/8th inch).