How To Tie The Clinch Knot [Step-By-Step Pictures & Video Tutorial]
By: Luke Simonds on October 3, 2018
The Clinch Knot
One of the most common and useful fishing knots to know is the Clinch Knot.
The Clinch Knot is a classic terminal connection knot and generally one of the first knots that every fisherman learns.
It’s a snug terminal knot that can be used for inshore fishing and fly fishing.
It’s best when used with mono and fluorocarbon fishing lines.
This is a good knot to know because:
- It’s simple
- Easy to tie
- Quick to learn
In this article, I show you the step-by-step process to tie the Clinch Knot and provide a video tutorial on how to tie this knot.
How To Tie The Clinch Knot
In this section, I show you the step-by-step process of tying the Clinch Knot. For this application, we are using fluorocarbon line and attaching it to a plug.
Step 1: Thread The Line Through The Eye Of The Hook
Thread four inches of the tag end of your fishing line through the eye of the hook. Pinch the tag end and mainline above the eye of the hook.
Step 2: Make Five Wraps Around The Mainline With Tag End
Make five wraps up and around the mainline with your tag end. Make sure all your wraps go consistently in the same direction. This will create a loop just above the hook eye.
Step 3: Put The Tag End Through The Loop Above The Hook Eye
Put the tag end through the loop above the hook eye that you created in Step 2.
Step 4: Hold The Tag End And Mainline And Pull Them Tight
Hold the tag end in one hand and the mainline in the other and pull them both tight in opposite directions. This should cause your knot to coil just above the hook eye.
Step 5: Release The Tag End And Pull The Mainline Tight
Release the tag end and wet the knot with water or spit. Pull the mainline tight so that knot continues to coil correctly.
Step 6: Cut The Tag End
Cut the tag end with scissors. Your Clinch Knot is complete.
How To Tie The Clinch Knot Video Tutorial
In this video, I show you the entire process on how to tie the Clinch Knot.
The Clinch Knot is a good and simple knot to know.
It’s quick and is a great first knot to teach to kids or other fishermen just getting started.
It’s definitely not the strongest knot for terminal snug connections and we suggest you use a different knot like the Orvis Knot if you’re serious about fishing.
If you want to see the full knot rankings list, then check out our guide to the strongest fishing knots of all time.
If you have any questions or comments about this knot, let us know in the comments section below.
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