Improved Clinch Knot

Improved Clinch Knot

The improved clinch knot is the most popular knot for attaching hooks, swivels, snaps, lures, flies and sinkers on light line (20lb test or less, click on the photos to enlarge them.)


Step 1.

Pass the line through the eye of the hook and wrap the tag end around the standing line five times.

improved clinch knot step 1

Step 2.


Bring the tag end back and pass it through the loop you created above the eye.

improved clinch knot step 2

Step 3.


Now pass the tag end back through the big loop.

improved clinch knot step 3

Step 4.


Moisten the knot area. Hold the tag end in one hand, the standing line in the other and and pull slowly at the same time. Slide the coils tight with your fingernail. Clip the tag end.

improved clinch knot step 4