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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-28-2017, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Caught 3 Steelhead yesterday, using 5x fluorocarbon tippet. Landing 2, I noticed my improved clinch knot failed. I did retrieve my flies before releasing fish. Is this a problem with fluorocarbon? Is there a better knot to use? I made sure I tied the knot the right way.
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The line is no doubt slipping, you could try an overhand knot on the line first to draw the clinch knot down against. Have you considered a loop knot, using a double or even a triple overhand for the knot?
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My guess is the knot is not getting seated properly. I went through this last year with the clinch knot. What I found was.... when I seated the knot I had a tendency to hold the tag end against the hook with my finger. What that did was create a gap once the tag was released which leads to the knot slipping. Now I make sure I wet the knot and draw it 1/2 tight and release the tag and then fully seat the knot. When done properly the tag should be at a 90 degree angle from the knot. I haven't had a knot failure since I figured out where I was going wrong. Also check your knot but giving your fly a tug after each fish to make sure your knot is still good. There are other knots you can try but the clinch knot is the fastest for me to tie.
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