Clinch Knot Vs. Modified Clinch Knot Vs. Trilene Knot (Strength Contest)


We have a new winner!

I did a new strength contest to find the ultimate knot for both mono and fluoro going to a hook or a swivel.

The last time we did this experiment, we tested the uni knot and the clinch knot.

But this time we’re testing the clinch knot, the modified clinch knot, and the trilene knot against each other.

See who the new winner is in this experiment below!

 Clinch Knot Vs Trilene Knot [VIDEO]

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You asked for a test between these knots and it turns out there is a new winner in the battle!

Spoiler alert, the clinch knot did not win.

I also tested the difference between using saliva and not using saliva when cinching down the knots.

Here are the lines used for the contest:

And here are the full results of the experiment:

clinch vs. trilene knot stength test results

As you can see, the trilene knot won hands down!

If you want to see the results of the previous contest I did between the Clinch knot vs. Uni knot, click here.

Check out all of our fishing knot contests here.

Click here if you want to learn how to tie the clinch knot.

And click here if you want to learn how to tie the trilene knot.


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The clinch knot, the modified clinch knot, and the trilene knot are very similar.

But the small differences make a huge impact on the strength!

So if you’re tying mono or fluoro to a hook or swivel, I recommend using a trilene knot.

Do you use the trilene knot?

Want to see any other knot contests?

Let me know down in the comments!

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retired statistician
7 months ago

The sample sizes are way too small, relative to the variation, to mean anything. For the improved clinch versus trilene in mono, the 3% difference doesn’t come close to acheiving statistical significance, with a p-value of p=0.64 (would need to be smaller than 0.05 for significance). The differences you report could be easily due to chance variation, not consistent properties of the line. The 95% confidence interval for the difference berween trilene vs mono is -3.02 to 1.96, meaning there is essentially no evidence the trilene is superior to the improved clinch.

Ron Whetstone
1 year ago

Hey Luke great video. sorry if this question has already been asked but when using heavier lines say 40#, 60# and 80# how many wraps do you use for these knots?

Ron Whetstone
1 year ago
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Hugh Bramwells
2 years ago

Btw – this is the best comparison out there – so thanks for the re-test – go the Trilene!

Question now is – can you improve the tying to reduce fumbling (something that appeals to me as a kayaker in cold water)

I’m keen to see what you make of this approach to twisting as shown on the following YouTube video for tying a Clinch (see link at the end)

It might just be the ultimate way to quickly tie the knot – where instead of twisting the tag you twist the hook or swivel end

The improvement I see is that instead of fumbling to wrap the tag end around the main line you instead use a finger on the other hand thru the Trilene loops to twirl the both tag and main line – its much faster and eliminates fumbling and potentially loosing the tag end. But is it stronger? It would make for an interesting comparison

Anyway – you have big fan from Australia

Hugh Bramwells
2 years ago

Re the wet vs dry inclusion is really a myth breaker .. meaning advising there was no need to wet .. at least for mono but only with fluoro

With that advice re mono you are touching on the assumed wisdom and folklore that wetting knots when synching stops the friction that otherwise affects the strength of the line

So why no need for mono but only fluoro? Different composition perhaps? Flouro is stiffer and heats up more?

You left a niggling doubt in our minds at the 5 min mark when you said the need for wetting for the fluoro might be because it was old. You suggested wetting fluoro knots if they stick when synching but that it wasn’t necessary if it didn’t.

It would be nice to compare apples with apples i.e. new mono with new fluoro

And if you did, you would be exploring folklore of wetting in earnest. It might just turn out to be the greatest myth breaker in fishing .. or perhaps the greatest line breaker 🙂

Hugh Bramwells
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

cheers Luke

when you say you’ve included a similar check on wet vs. dry in multiple knot tests is that in the same YouTube or another one?

Charles C Paniszyn
2 years ago

George Anderson is well known in fly fishing circles for doing the annual “Yellowstone Shootout” to rate the best fly rods.
In 2012 he did a “Tippet Shootout” to determine the best brand of tippet and the best knots – it remains as the most definitive test of small diameter tippet and knots ties with tippet. He examined 30 brands of mono and fluoro and tied over 2,500 knots!
The San Diego Jam was the best tippet to hook knot and the J knot the best tippet to tippet knot.
But … manufacturers have improved their mono and fluoro since 2012, and as a trout fisherman, the largest tippet size tested was 2x.
I’d be interested in your testing the San Diego Jam and the J knot (just a triple surgeons knot, but reversing the direction of going through the loop with each pass).

Jerry Dexter
2 years ago

Thanks for the info, can’t wait for the braid test!

Cal Clausen
2 years ago

The FG knot has become the go to knot for braid to nylon leader. I happen to prefer tying the Alberto with a twist. At the end of the knot I tie three overhand knots with the braid tag end. This seems to secure the braid from coming united. Have you tested this alteration?

Victor Gatell
2 years ago

Quick question, not sure if the video answered it, did all the lines break at the knot?

Victor Gatell
2 years ago

The “Dry” Modified Clinch did just as well as the Trilene with less variation on Mono, good for me because I don’t have to relearn a knot, old people crap. Great study, as usual

Timothy R. Hall
2 years ago


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