The first knot that most anglers learn is the clinch knot, and then they move on to the improved clinch. But is the latter always better than the former? I mean, it does say “improved” right in the name. However, not everyone agrees. In this video, Ben Baxter from Anglers All in Colorado walks you through both knots and talks a bit about when to use each. The regular ol’ clinch works best with light tippets and small flies. In fact, lots of fishermen will tell you that the standard clinch is stronger than the improved version when you’re using anything under 5X. For large-gauge hooks, however, the improvement is necessary, as a standard clinch is sure to slip.