The Best Way to Attach Lures to Fishing Line

The Best Way to Attach Lures to Fishing Line
Lures of all sorts exist on the market to entice both the angler to try them and the fish to attack them. Lures such as buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons, jigs, crankbaits and plugs all work in different scenarios and produce results with various fish species. All of them cost money; this makes losing one because of a carelessly tied knot an irritating part of an angler's outing. By learning and then employing the improved clinch knot, you will not have to worry about human error being the reason why you return home without your favorite lure.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod and reel
  • Lure or swivel
  • Line clippers
Step 1
Thread the end of your fishing line into and through the opening of the eye of the lure. This is the small hole cut out of the top of a fishing spoon or the small metal eye attached to a plug or buzzbait. With other lures, such as inline spinners and spinnerbaits, you use a swivel so the lures will move more naturally in the water. In such instances, thread your line through the eye on the swivel.
Step 2
Bring your line through the eye until you have pulled about 3 inches of line through. You may want to pull a little more to have more line to work with when first learning the improved clinch knot, until you are comfortable and accomplished tying it.
Step 3
Wrap the line you pulled through the eye around the line going into the eye of the lure of swivel. Make five concise wraps around the line, holding this tightly in place with the thumb and forefinger of the hand with which you hold the swivel or lure.
Step 4
Pass the end of the line back through the initial loop you formed when you first began to wrap the line. This loop will be next to the eye of the lure or swivel. Bring the end all the way through the loop. In turn, this action will create another loop.
Step 5
Guide the end of the line back through the loop you just created. Moisten the entire knot with saliva before you pull on the end. Slide the wraps down the line in the direction of the eye as you tighten the improved clinch knot.

Do not allow these wraps around the line to overlap one another as you slowly pull the knot tight and slide them to the eye. Once the knot is tight, use your line clippers to trim the loose end sticking out of it so only about 1/8 of an inch of line protrudes out of the knot.

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