The Clinch knot is one of the most popular fishing knots, and is often one of the first knots a young fisherman will learn. It’s a quick and easy knot to learn, and if done right is extremely reliable in most fishing situations. While I wouldn’t use it on newer braided lines, it is good for both mono and fluorocarbon lines.
Here is how to tie a Clinch Knot for Fishing
- Thread the line through the eye of the hook, swivel or lure head.
- Bring the line back and make at least five turns around the line.
- Bring the line though the loop formed behind the eye, and then bring it through the big loop.
- Wet the knots and pull on the end to draw up the coils.
- Pull the standing line to form a knot.
- Slide tight against the eye and clip any extra line.
O.L. or F.S. tested and found that five wraps in the knot will hold 90 some % of the lines rated poundage.
If you do this correctly, no eyelet is needed on the hook.
Also, another knot to look at is the grinner or uni knot. I find it a lot easier to tie, especially when you have cold hands or are exhausted because it’s much less fiddly.