How to Tie Fish Hooks to Fishing Line

How to Tie Fish Hooks to Fishing Line
The improved clinch knot is the ideal knot to secure any type of hook to a fishing line for use in freshwater fishing. This knot is very strong and when tied properly can hold up against the strength of such large fish species as pike, carp and bass. Becoming adept at tying this knot may take some practice, but is time well worth investing for the average angler.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Tie Fish Hooks to Fishing Line

Things You’ll Need:
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail clippers
Step 1
Take the loose end of your fishing line and carefully thread it through the eye of the hook. This knot can also be utilized to secure fishing line to snelled hooks. Pass three or four inches of the fishing line through the eye to give yourself plenty to work with.
Step 2
Wrap the fishing line around the line that is going into the hook's eye five separate times. Use the thumb and forefinger of your other hand to keep these loops tight and prevent them from moving up the line.
Step 3
Thread the end of your remaining line after you have made the loops into the initial loop that was formed when you passed the line through the hook's eye. If you were to tighten this knot at this point you would have made a clinch knot.
Step 4
Complete the improved clinch knot by taking the end of the line and passing it through that larger loop created by your last step--the opening between the end of the last of the five loops and the eye of the hook.
Step 5
Pull the line tight, slipping the five loops down the line toward the hook eye as you do so. Snip away the extra line with your nail clippers when the knot has been pulled taut and you will have successfully made an improved clinch knot.

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