How to tie on a fish hook

This simple knot will keep your fish hook from coming loose.

It’s hard to catch a fish if you can’t keep your hook attached to the line.

Mandy Scott with Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center shows you how to tie on a fish hook using a simple, yet super effective fishing knot called the improved clinch knot.

  1. Put the free end of the line through the eye of the hook, then loop it around the eye and hold both sides.
  2. Take the free end (the short part) and twist it around the line five times.
  3. Bring the end of the free end back up to the first twist, near the eye of the hook, and poke it through.
  4. If you were to stop here, it would be a regular clinch knot that many people use.
  5. But to continue to complete an improved clinch knot put the free end into the loop you just made.
  6. Then, you tighten it down. It cinches down to the hook and the twists you made should stack on top of each other.

Don’t worry if your final product isn’t as neat as Mandy’s. If you followed the steps correctly, you should have a hook that’s properly-tied and shouldn’t break off. Watching the video may help with a visual demonstration if you are confused. Happy fishing!