One of the easiest and strongest fishing knots you can use to tie your line or leader to your hook is a cinch knot (also known as a clinch knot). Learning how to tie a cinch knot is literally a "cinch." Tying a cinch knot for fishing involves just a few simple steps.
Cinch Knot Steps
If you want to learn how to tie a fishing knot on your own, there is no better knot to start with than the cinch or clinch knot. The clinch or cinch knot is a good fishing knot to use when tying monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line to a hook, lure, or swivel.
Follow these four easy steps to learn how to tie a cinch knot:
- Pass the tag end of your fishing line or leader line through the eye of the fishing hook. Make sure you have at least 6 inches of length on the tag end.
- Wrap the tag end of the line around the standing end five or six times.
- Moisten and pull both the tag end and standing end so that line tightens up against the eye of the hook.
- Trim the tag end.
Once you learn how to tie a cinch knot, you can try using a cinch knot tool to see if it helps you tie the cinch or clinch knot a bit easier. All you have to do is practice tying the clinch knot and a few other easy fishing knots so that you'll be ready to rig your own lines when needed.