How to tie an Improved Clinch Knot

The Improved Clinch Knot is has become one of the most popular knots for tying terminal tackle connections. It is quick and easy to tie and is strong and reliable. The knot can be difficult to tie in lines in excess of 30 lb test. Five+ turns around the standing line is generally recommended, four can be used in heavy line. This not is not recommended with braided lines.

This is an easy knot to tie. Use this knot to tie a hook to the end of a fairly light-weight fishing line. The Clinch knot can be tied quickly and is one of the easiest knots to use for attaching monofilament nylon fishing line to the eye of a hook. To help the turns tighten snugly on top of each other, moisten the monofilament nylon line before working the knot into shape.

How to tie an Improved Clinch Knot

  1. Pass the line through the hook eye. Take several turns around the main line and pass the end back between the hook eye and the first turn. Some anglers loop the main line through the eye of the hook or swivel twice for added strength. Use 5 turns if your line is under 15kg (30lb), 3-4 turns would be sufficient if the line is over 15kg (30lb).
  2. Pass the tag end back through the large loop.
  3. Lubricate with saliva and pull firmly with steady pressure.

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Knot Tying Terminology

  • Butt: The thick part of the leader. The butt of a leader is attached to the fishing line.
  • Tag or Tag End: The working end, the part of the line where the knot is tied.
  • Standing Part: The main part of the line that is fixed and under tension. Such as the part of line that is on the reel.
  • Standing End: The short area at the end of the standing part of the line.
  • Working End: The part of the line used actively in tying a knot. The opposite of the standing end.
  • End: A loop is a closed curved line, formed by bringing the tag end back and alongside the standing part, or a knot that creates a loop.
  • Tippet: The end of a leader to which the lure is attached. The tippet can be the end of a leader or an added line to the end of a leader.
  • Turns or Wraps: A turn or wrap is one complete revolution of line around another.
  • Overhand Knot: The foundation for many other knots. (A Granny Knot before it is pulled tight)