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How to Tie an Improved Clinch Knot

Improved clinch knot
Improved clinch knots clench strongly to your fly.

Improved Clinch Knot for Fly Tying

The clinch knot is one of the most widely used knots in the fishing world. It's a solid option for tying a leader or tippet to a fly. If the line is above a 30 lb test, we don't recommend using the improved clinch knot—such a tight knot can be difficult and unnecessary with heavier line.

The "improved" version as shown in the video below includes an extra tuck in the final step to increase the strength of the knot.

Always remember to lubricate the line and pull the ends slowly as you tighten them. You don't want to burn your line or wear it down excessively before it ever hits the water. 

How to Tie an Improved Clinch Knot

  1. Pass the leader through the eye of the hook.
  2. Place your finger on the front of the hook and begin wrapping the leader material forward.
  3. The thicker the leader material, the less wraps it will require. Usually about 5-7 for monofilament is adequate.
  4. Take the tag end and pass it back through the loop.
  5. Wrap the tag end around the back of the first loop and pass it through the second loop you just created.
  6. Pull from both ends to snug the knot.
  7. Pull the knot down the line toward the eye of the hook.
  8. Tighten the knot to the hook.
  9. Trim the tag end, and you're ready to fish.

 

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