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How To Tie A Clinch Knot


If you are looking for one of the best knots for fishing, the clinch knot is one you can easily use. It is, also, easy to use and easy to learn. Clinch knot, improved clinch knot, and fisherman’s knot are the names of the same knot.

It is called the fisherman’s knot because every angler knew about tying this knot. And most probably it was the first knot that was used to attach fishing line to the hook.

Improved Clinch Knot

It is the standard terminal joining and a commonly used knot that every fisherman prefers to learn for fishing. A Clinch knot is an easy knot to tye a line to hook, snap swivel, or lure. It can bear some tension but can make tension for some beginners. So use this knot with proper guidelines as it may be the starting point of an angler.

It is a terminal lump that can be used for fly fishing and shore fishing. It is good when used with mono and fluorocarbon fishing lines.

How Do You Tie a Clinch Knot?


To tie the best knot, we have to follow some basic instructions. These instructions use some standard terms. These self-explanatory terms are:

Tag end; the termination point of the line is the tag end. This part tying the knot.

Standing line; the rest of the line that runs towards the reel is the standard line.

Turn; also called a wrap. It makes when you pass the tag end nearby the standing line.

Tips on Tying the Knot

  • Badly executed knots slip in elongated straining. That’s why always check before casting.
  • Don’t be fastidious when tying knots. Do you prefer to lose your lifetime catch over a couple of inches?
  • To increase your chances of a successful catch, know your gear first. Learn which line, knot, hook combination is best according to your situation.
  • For the same fishing lines, sometimes you have to use different knots. Decide wisely.
  • Learning these techniques is not easy, but a good strategy makes fishing an awesome hobby.

Steps for tying fisherman’s knot/clinch knot

Steps to tying this knot are quite easy and straightforward. Just follow these simple steps to make a clinch knot.

Step 1

Take a hook and braided thread to form a strong clinch knot.

Clinch Knot 1

Step 2

Take the end of a line and put it in the hole of a hook.

Clinch Knot 2

Step 3

Hold the hook in your hand and grab it with your fingers so you can easily form wraps on the thread.

Clinch Knot 3

Step 4

Wind thread 3 to 5 times the end of the line around the mainline. You can also wind more wraps as per your requirement.

Clinch Knot 4

Step 5

Make sure you leave a loop while wrapping the end of the line around the mainline.

Clinch Knot 5

Step 6

Now put the end of the line in the created loop.

Clinch Knot 6

Step 7

Now a little secret, take the end of the line and hook together, close it to the whole, and tie it.

Clinch Knot 7

Step 8

Now you have a nicely formed and ready-to-use clinch knot.


Double clinch knot. Done with a double line following the same steps as above. This one is better for fine lines/leaders.

Open clinch knot. It is stronger than other but more complicated ones.


  • It is simple
  • Quick to learn and easy to tie
  • Can be used to fix a small tippet to a heavy wire line.
  • Reliable
  • Can also be used for fly fishing


  • Loops can overlap during the weakening and pulling of the knot. So use this knot on lines below the 30 pounds breaking strength point.
  • Not suitable for braided lines
  • Don’t easily bend. Tying such type knots on these lines could be difficult.
  • Lubricate the area.


The history of the knot is as old as humankind. However, it is still unknown where mankind has learned to tie a knot. It was an inspirational invention that combined different things like, clothes, ropes, hooks, and housing crafts, etc. Perhaps knots preceded the invention of stone apparatuses.


  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Used to tie on a lure, jig, hook, etc.

A Clinch knot is the one you need to know to tie your fly to your tippet, basic and simple. Apart from tying shoes, many people don’t know how to tie a knot. Knowing these knots will come to you over most circumstances that you will come across. Improved clinch knot mostly used for fishing nowadays. It is also referred to as a reliable fisherman’s standby. It can easily attach with a heavy wire hook and cannot be untied while catching fish.

The major comparison among clinch knot and improved clinch knot: Clinch knot is better for small fishes and light tippets whereas an improved clinch knot used for large hooks and to catch large fishes. But fishermen always prefer the standard clinch knot, but for heavy fishes or hooks, an improved clinch knot is necessary.

Clinch knot vs other knots

Palomar knot

Stronger and suited for braided liners than clinch knots.

Uni knot

Maintain more tippet-breaking strength and stronger than clinch knot.

Survival situations

This was all about the clinch knot, but remember that no perfect knot exists to tie. You can only hope for a knot to be good enough to catch a fish, so practice is crucial for everything. Most knots are easy to understand and use in daily life depends on our tasks. So, choose your favorite knot, do practice for it and then apply it practically. The clinch knot is majorly used for fly fishing, binding two tools, etc. It can also be used for making jewelry, crafts, home decors.

Alternative knots

Other related knots are:

Overhand knot

Thumb knot or overhand knot is the simplest, and smallest knot that is used in our daily life. This is a stopping loop. It is used to make a grip on rope, rock, and block, etc. It prevents the rope from siding and from untwisting.

Double overhand knot

It is an extension of the overhand knot. It is stronger than an overhand knot and used to tie the split ends of the rope.

Fisherman’s knot

It has many alternative names like an angler’s knot, clinch knot, English knot, etc. It is used to tie two strands of the rope and useful for ropes having a small diameter.

Bowline knot

This knot is made to make a fixed loop at the end of the strand. It holds a square sail into the wind towards the boat’s front side. This is especially used in survival situations.

Other related knots are improved clinch knot and Surgeon’s knot.