Being able to know how to tie the right fishing line knots is very important to be an effective fisherman. There are many kinds of fishing knots that are used by fishermen like arbor knot, Albright knot, nail knot, double surgeon knot, Baja knot, blood knot, dropper loop, egg loop, eye crosser knot, San Diego jam knot, Palomar knot, and the clinch knot. These fishing knots are generally the most effective and most utilized fishing knots by top fishermen. Learning any of the most effective fishing knots can help you improve your fishing skills.
The clinch knot is a method used by fishermen in securing the fishing line to the lure. It can also attach a fishing line to a clip, a swivel, or an artificial fly.
The clinch knot is referred to as the “fisherman’s reliable standby”. It improves the number of fish a fisherman catches, since it minimizes the chance of breaking the fishing line (a thin chord connected to a fishing rod) and it also is a strong knot that can withstand even the most fidgety fishes. At first, it may seem difficult to understand the way of tying a clinch knot. Learning how to tie a clinch knot is not that hard. You can easily learn how to do tie it by practicing it and by following the instructions carefully.
Here are the instructions on how to tie a clinch knot:
- Hold the hook or fly firmly with your left hand. Make sure that the hook doesn’t slip through the fingers. Then hold the end of the tippet, or fishing line, with you right hand. Carefully pass the tippet through the eye of the hook on your left hand.
- Hold the hook or fly tightly while using your right hand in pulling the end of the tippet or fishing line through the eye of the hook or fly. Hold the end of the line together with the main part of the tippet with your right hand then carefully twist the hook with your left hand.
- Make several twists enough to make coil. Remember to keep an open loop closest to the eye of the hook or fly. You could use your left thumb to keep it open. Tighten the coil with your right thumb on the first loop then insert the end of the tippet on your right hand through the eye of the open loop.
- Take the end of the line and pull it slightly then make a bigger loop using the main line. Pull the end of the fishing line while releasing your left thumb on the loop to fasten it.
- Try double checking the knot to ensure that it would not fail in the time of fishing. Hold the hook with your left hand and gently pull the main part of the fishing line. After double checking, you could use and a piece of cloth to lubricate the fly and the part of the fishing line. And now you have now successfully completed your clinch knot or improved clinch knot.