On today’s Knot of the Week we’re starting our Fishing Knots with one of the most popular for freshwater fishing; the Modified (or Improved) Clinch Knot. While you’d be tying this with monofilament fishing line, our demonstrations will be with paracord and a gigantic fishing hook, so it’s easy to see and understand.
The Modified Clinch Knot is easy to tie and like most fishing knots, just easier to cut off rather than to untie. Using this variation of a Hitch helps to keep the eye of the hook from incurring unnecessary spinning, yet works great on Spinner bait and swivels attachments.
(Strength: 3/Secure: 4/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 1) See below for what these ratings mean.
Each knot will be assigned a rating from 1-5 (1 representing the lowest score) based on the following four properties:
Strength – All knots will weaken the strength of a rope, however, there are knots that are stronger than others. The scale here will reflect how strong the rope remains with the specified knot.
Security – The security scale refers to how well the knot will stay tied, and resist coming loose under a normal load.
Stability – Stability refers to how easily the knot will come untied under an abnormal load (i.e. the knot being pulled in a direction it was not intended to) A lower score here represents instability.
Difficulty – The lower the number, the easier a knot is to tie.
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