The clinch knot must be the most written-about, talked-about, and argued-about knot in fly-fishing history. Topics have included: Is it really the strongest knot? How many wraps provide optimal strength? Should you always “improve the clinch knot?”
In this video, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop, makes his case for a plain, old UN-improved clinch knot, which he says he uses all the time. In his view, the unimproved knot seats better, which is the key to consistent performance. He employs eight wraps, which is more than I’ve ever used.
I’m a six-wrap guy. But then again, on any hook larger than a 12, I always improve. However, I’ll wager that Joe fishes a heck of a lot more than I do, so who am I to doubt his findings? This video is simply more fodder for discussion. What do you think?