Tom Keiter: Hi! I am Tom Keiter with Take Me Fishing. Today we are going to talk about knots. Knots are an important part of fishing, because it's where it puts your catch in the net. One of the most popular of all fishermen's knots is the improved clench knot, which is also known as the improved clinch knot.
This particular knot is used for attaching your line to a lure, hook, swivel, clip or fly. The improved clinch knot works great for lines up to 20 pound breaking test. It tests out close to a 100%.
To tie an improved clench knot, you will first want to start with fresh monofilament. Monofilament can weaken if it's older or exposed to heat, so make sure your line is fresh.
For demonstration purposes I am going to use this brightly colored line. First, run the tag end through the hook eye and leave about 6 to 12 inches of line. Then leave a gap by the hook eye and take five turns of the tag end around the standing line.
Next, run the tag end back through the loop in front of the ring eye. Then run the tag end back through the second loop, which you just created. Hold the tag end and steadily pull on the standing line and the knot will begin to seat itself.
Moisten your lines with saliva or water so as to reduce the friction that's caused by the two lines rubbing together, that friction will cause the knot to weaken. Pull the standing line firmly away from your hook or swivel and turn the tag end close to the knot. Pull all knots slowly and steadily, so that they seat properly and never yank repeatedly on your line. Tying an improved clinch knot is that simple. Now we are ready to go fishing.