This is often refered to the clinch or cinch knot but that’s actually another knot that skips one important step, thus the need for the improved clinch knot. It’s maybe the simplest of the knots to tie and is relatively strong. If you double the line you can avoid the slipping even more and most people call that the
How to Tie the Improved Clinch Knot
- Pass your line through the eye of the hook or lure.
- Wrap the tag end up the main line at least 5 times, 7 is better.
- Take the tag end and pass it through the small opening in the line under your first wrap near the eye of the hook.
- Then bring it back up through the loop that is now formed at the top of the knot.
- Then slowly pull the tag end tight after you wet the line to cinch the knot down.
Improve Clinch is One of Best Quick Knots for Bass Fishing
This knot is always tightening on itself. If you cut too much tag end off, you can run the risk of the tag end slipping into the the knot itself and unraveling or breaking. It’s better to leave a 1/16-inch or more tag on this knot. You can double the line before tying the knot and do the same thing to make it more slip resistant. It makes a small narrow knot that works well on everything from soft plastics to big topwaters. It’s a great knot for nearly every fishing application and one you should be proficient at tying. You can tie it up in a matter of seconds without looking after you spend time practicing tying it.
Video of Tying Improved Clinch Knot
More on tying fishing knots
Tying knots should be one of the first things you master in fishing. Check out our Wired2fish Fishing Knot Guide to learn how to tie all of the best fishing knots for the various applications.