Made famous by Captain Jimmy Albright - how to tie two dissimilar lines together, he came up with this knot. It was good then and it’s good now.
The Clinch Knot is also called the Fisherman's knot and it is the most widely used knot in fishing. It is often the first knot that any fisherman learns and has applications throughout fishing in both fresh and saltwater.
There are really 2 versions of this knot, the clinch and the Improved Clinch. The Clinch knot is shown above in slow motion with heavy high visibility cord over a black background to make it extremely easy to see how to tie this knot.
The Clinch Knot, also called the Fisherman's Knot, is one of the most commonly used fishing knots. While commonly used, it is exceptionally strong and is used in both fresh and saltwater for a wide variety of gamefish.
There are a few versions of this knot. A simple Clinch knot is just 5 times around the line and then back through the hole above the hook eye. With heavier line, like 15-20 lb, this can work fine, an Improved Clinch is the same knot but the tag end returns back through another loop.
Both Fresh and Saltwater anglers find good use for the Snell. It is a simple but strong knot that wraps around the hook shank rather than just going through the eye of the hook. The snell positions the hook for a good hook set. Many bass fishermen like this knot and you will see pre tied rigs in bait shops. There is no need to buy pre-tied rigs. Watch this short video using high visibility cord and you will be able to tie your own Snell Knot.
The Two Turn Blood Knot is a knot designed to tie 2 different diameter lines together to form a very strong connection. This knot can be used with or without a Bimini Twist.
We use this knot quite often for tarpon leaders in the Florida Keys, but it could create a great connection anytime that you needed to tie a shock tippet or to attach two lines of different pound test or diameter together.
When doing seminars, I always leave time for questions. Over the years, the most frequently asked question is "How do I attach Braided Line to Fluorocarbon?"
There are many ways to make this connection successfully, but if my life depended on the strength of this connection, I would tie a Bimini Twist in the Braided Line and then use a Double Uni Knot to connect the two lines.
The Bimini Twist doubles the line making any knot you tie stronger than it would be with a single line. The Bimini Twist looks difficult upon first seeing it, but I assure you that it is not difficult. You can see how to tie it step by step in this article and video.
There are lots of ways to set up to tie the Bimini. Some people loop it around their toe, others find a hook and still others prefer the reel handle. I don't think it really matters what you use to anchor the loop, but what is more important is that you find a comfortable way to do it and make sure that you will be able to tie it the same way on a rocking boat in the middle of the ocean. The Bimini is a knot that you really need to know how to tie with your eyes closed.
The purpose of the knot is to double the line without losing any strength in the line. When you tie a knot with 2 strands versus a single strand it will be twice as strong.
The Slim Beauty Knot was created by Simon Becker and myself in a small apartment in Key West in an attempt to eliminate the Bimini Twist from our tarpon leaders and create an easier, faster and more compact tarpon leader. We had returned from dinner at The 5 Star Cafe in Key West. It has since closed, but that night will forever be remembered because our waitress had nicknames for all of us. They all started with Slim. One was Slim Slick, another was Slim Daddy and she called me Slim Beauty. Pretty funny...