Fishing Knot Instructions

Fishing Knot Instructions
According to the Animated Knots by Grog website, the improved clinch knot is one of the most dependable of fishing knots when you need to attach terminal tackle such as swivels, hooks, or lures to monofilament fishing line. This knot is not difficult to tie once you learn it and will hold up under the strain of large fish. Knowing that the tag end of a line refers to the end you are using to tie, and that the standing end is the line coming off your fishing pole, will help you understand how to tie this fishing knot.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Terminal tackle
  • Line clippers
Step 1
Push the tag end of the line through the eye of whatever terminal tackle you want to attach to your line. Push the line through far enough so that you give yourself plenty of line to work with. When you are first learning the improved clinch knot, push the tag end through about 4 inches. Once you have the knot mastered, you will be able to tie it with less line; for some, with as little as around 2 inches.
Step 2
Wrap your tag end that has come through the eye around the standing end. Make as many as six or seven tight wraps around the standing end; make no fewer than five loops around the line.
Step 3
Thread the tag end of your fishing line back through the loop that now exists next to the eye. Specifically, this would be the initial loop that your actions created as you began to wrap the line around the standing end. As you thread the line though the first loop, you will then create a much larger loop from where the tag end comes off the last of your wraps around the line and goes into the loop near the eye.
Step 4
Take the tag end and pass it through the larger loop you just created. Moisten the entire knot with spit. The Learning How to Fish website states that this will help to decrease friction that can result in abrasions to the line as you pull the knot tight.
Step 5
Hold the loops and slide them down the line as you pull the knot tight. Try to prevent any of the loops from overlapping each other as you slowly pull them down the line toward the eye. Test the knot by pulling on it with force. Your improved clinch knot should now be complete. Trim the tag end back so that only about an eighth of an inch of line protrudes from the knot.

Tips & Warnings

Use the improved clinch knot with medium to heavy test fishing line. To tie a clinch knot to a lighter line, eliminate the step where you bring the line back through the larger loop.

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