How To Tie The Clinch Knot [Step-By-Step Pictures & Video Tutorial]


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.

Clinch Knot Step 1

Clinch Knot step 1.1

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.

Clinch Knot Step 2

Clinch Knot Step 2.1

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.

clinch knot step 3

Clinch Knot Step 3.1

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.

Clinch Knot step 4

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.

Clinch Knot Step 5

Step 6: Cut The Tag End

Cut the tag end with scissors. Your Clinch Knot is complete.

clinch knot step 6

The Clinch Knot

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How To Tie The Clinch Knot Video Tutorial

In this video, I show you the entire process on how to tie the Clinch Knot.

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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.

Tight Lines!

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Related Posts: 

1. How to Tie the Orvis Knot [Including Strength Test Results]

2. Palomar Knot: How To Tie The Palomar Knot [Fluoro & Braid Adjustments]

3. How To Tie The Uni Knot With Braid & Fluoro [Free PDF Cheat Sheet]

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Harvey Pepper
18 days ago

It’s a good knot and easy for me to use. Thanks and Tight Lines 🎣

roberta preston
11 months ago

I noticed you didn’t concern yourself with the up or down side when going through the loop. Actually, you went contrary to your other knot types. Does it make a difference with this knot? Thank you

1 year ago

Sounds simple. Going to give it a whirl.

Thomas Moran
2 years ago

Anybody aware of any authoritative tests comparing clinch to improved clinch for mono?

3 years ago

Can you possibly do a test with the improved clinch knot but go thru the eye of the hook twice and only 1 wrap? I use that knot its like a modified trilene / improved clinch knot for mono and flouro connections.

3 years ago

Very well explained perfect

3 years ago

I tie an improved clinch knot that I’ve tested on a pull test to 95% strength but you do need to be careful not to wrap around the main line.

5 years ago

I would be interested to see how a double clinch knot would work, simply double the tag end and tie a regular clinch knot. I’ve used this knot and is stronger than a regular clinch knot but I don’t know how much stronger it is. I learned this one from my brother.

David Smith
5 years ago

Have you ever tried this knot?
used it this last Friday to catch a 33″ red down at Joe Island….15 min fight….no slippage

Dale Landry
5 years ago

Luke I notice a eye ring on your bait when should we use eye ring and what type of lure.


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