How to Tie a Simple Fishing Knot

How to Tie a Simple Fishing Knot
Attaching the hook to the fishing line is an essential skill that all anglers should know. There are dozens of different knots, some complicated, that an angler can use. Known for its strong strength and simplicity, the Improved Clinch Knot works well when attaching hook to line. This knot is widely used by anglers and works well on braided or monofilament fishing lines. Though simple to tie, the angler should practice this knot at home until it can be tied quickly and easily from memory.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing hook or lure
  • Nail clippers
Step 1
Thread 6 to 8 inches of line through the hook eyelet. Wrap the tag end of the line five times around the standing line.
Step 2
Pinch the wraps with the thumb and forefinger. Pass the tag end through the loop between the hook eyelet and the first wrap, making a larger loop.
Step 3
Run the tag end up through the larger loop. Moisten the knot before tightening.
Step 4
Pull slowly on the tag and standing ends of the line. Tighten the lines until the coils are tight against each other. Trim the tag end 1/8 inch from the knot using the nail clippers.

Tips & Warnings

Avoid jerking when tightening knots. Use a smooth and steady pull.
Use caution when working with hooks.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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