Tying Knots - Cinch
by Ken Collins - April 16, 2016

Here is the quickiest easiest knot to learn to tie your flies to your tippets. This knot is 70 percent strong and is very difficult to tie badly. If you tie the improved version (one extra step) and do this at all wrong you will have a less than 50 percent knot strength. If you tie it correctly you could gain 6 to 8 percent more strength. I choose not to tie the extra step for fear of getting abad knot. The cinch knot is fine.

Tying Knots - Cinch Steps

Threading eye of hook
Slide tippet end through eye of the hook. Hold hook with NON dominant hand and tippet with dominant.

Pulling enough tippet
Be sure to pull 3 to 4 inches of tippet through eye of hook.

Re position hands
Re grab tippet end in pointer finger and thumb and also at same time grab other end of tippet between baby finger and palm of hand.

Twisting tippet end
Wrap tippet end around main strand of tippet for 5 to 7 turns.

Twisted rope look
Your turns should be tight and equal in spacing - no loose loops.

Tippet through tear drop
At the eye of hook you will notice the tippet has made a tar drop shape right at the end of the hook. Poke your tippet end through this tear drop shape.

Hold tippet and pull
Notice the holding of the tippet end. It is done by pinching it with thumb and pointer finger. Hold it tightly - do not ever pull on the tippet end at any time.

Pulling knot tight
Pull knot tight by pulling main stand of tippet only. NOTE: Crucial step to any knot moisten the mono filament with a kiss of saliva before you pull any knot tight. This reducing friction, heat which is light tippets worst enemy.

Observe and trim
Look for defects in tippet if tippet was heated up up in any way it will have kinks or slights bends just above the knot. Re tie this knot do not fish it. If you are satisfied with the knot trim it and start your cast.

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