When it comes to fishing, the improved clinch knot is among the popular knots. It helps to secure the fishing line to a swivel, lure or a hook. It is not best to use this knot if you are using a heavy line that is over 30 pounds as it is not easy to tie. Additionally, this knot is referred to as improved because it has an extra step at the end that requires you to have an extra turn to fasten the knot further. The extra turn also helps to ensure that you can hold heavier and stronger fish.
Steps in Tying the Improved Clinch Knot
To tie the clinch knot:
- Thread the line through the eye of the hook, lure or swivel that you are using
- Double back the line to about five or six inches
- Twist the hook, lure or swivel about five to seven complete rotations. As you do this, you will need to have held the loose end against the standing line first
- Hold the hook, lure or swivel firm to ensure that it does not untwist
- Take the loose end and put it above the eye of the hook, lure or swivel and through the first loop
- Pull the hook and standing line in opposite directions as you hold the loose end tightly on the hook. This will cause the twists to tighten in small coils
- As you tighten the coils, ensure that they are neatly packed but that they do not overlap each other
- Trim the excess loose end
Some Tips on Tying the Clinch Knot
Every process, even tying a clinch knot, requires some tips and pointers to ensure that you do it perfectly. For this process some of the tips that you need to consider include:
- A long line: It is better to have a long line to work with since you will still trim the excess at the last stop. If you do not have enough line to work with, you may not be able to get the best results
- Use Chap Stick: Working with a moist line makes the process simpler. You can keep your line moist by applying Chap Stick as it helps it to remain pliable.
- Pinching the loop: This tip is for those who are visually challenged. After you get your line through the eye of the hook, swivel or lure, the hard part is over and done with. Pinch the loop at the top as you twist your hook to ensure that you have a loop that is big enough. This will make it easier to put the string through the loop when the time comes.
If you want to have easier time fishing, then the clinch knot is the best to use. Once you learn how to tie the improved knot, you are open to more fishing possibilities. This is because the hook helps you to hold stronger fish.