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Tying the Clinch and Improved Clinch Knots Tip
by Bruce E. Harang

I prefer to attach my fly to the tippet using a clinch knot or an improved clinch knot. Tying these knots in fine tippet, especially in the rain, can be a frustrating exercise. To solve this, there are available a number of special tools to do just this job. My fishing vest already weighs in at a quarter ton. So another tool attached to it is out of the question.

After reviewing what I already carried that might serve, I realized that my hemostats could do the job. Tying the clinch knot is remarkably simple using hemostats (see illustrations below).

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If you do not draw on the tag end when tightening the knot, you produce a perfect clinch knot every time. If you do draw the knot tight by pulling on the tag end, you roll the knot over itself and the knot will cut the tippet like a hot knife. This is true no matter whether you use only your hands or a tying tool.

I have now used this method for over 7 years very successfully and without knot failure.

© 1998, Bruce E. Harang


Improved Clinch Knot

But how could I tie the improved clinch using my hemostats? The answer evaded me for a long time. Then, while tying a clinch knot during a day on the water, the answer leaped out at me. Instead of releasing the tag end from the hemostat jaws after drawing it through the first loop, continue to hold the tag end and push the hemostat jaws through the new (second) loop formed by drawing the tag through the first loop. Now release the tag end from the hemostat jaws and withdraw the jaws. As with the clinch knot, hold the tag end and the fly in one hand and draw the knot tight after wetting by pulling on the standing end of the tippet. Having used this procedure for over two years now I have found no problems with tying perfect improved clinch knots. See the diagram for a visual explanation.

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These procedures are also very helpful for tying these same knots in heavy stiff leader materials more commonly used in saltwater fly fishing.


© 1998, Bruce E. Harang

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