Tying the Improved Clinch Knot

In this video, New England Fishing host Tom Richardson shows how to tie the Improved Clinch Knot, the most basic and easiest-to-tie knot in all of fishing. It’s commonly used to connect the line or leader to the eye of the hook, swivel or lure, and is a very strong knot if tied properly.

Step 1.

Pass the tag end of the line through the eye of the hook, lure or swivel.

Step 2.

Wrap the tag end around the standing section of the line 6 to 7 times.

Step 3.

Pass the tag end of the line through the loop created between the eye and the wraps.

Step 4.

Pass the tag end back through the second loop created between tag and standing sections.

Step 5.

Moisten the knot with saliva and pull on the standing section of line to tighten the knot. With heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon it often helps to secure the hook or lure to a fixed object before pulling on the tag end.