When it's cold, I like the plugs to just shiver, so I tie an improved clinch knot
and cinch it up tight dead center on the nose.
A plain clinch knot
doubled through the eye works, too.
Stange: Any knot tied well with doubled line typically breaks at more than 100 percent of mainline strength; so, particularly with the ultra-thin superlines, first tie a Bimini twist or a spider hitch in the end of the line, then use a simple three-wrap improved clinch knot
to couple line to hook or lure.
If you've ever tried to duplicate a knot presented in one of those complimentary but all-too-often dinky and hard-to-decipher handouts provided at tackle shops, you'll appreciate the clarity of the step-by-step images of such angling necessities as the clinch knot
, Palomar knot, dropper loop and surgeon's knot.
When using live baits like shrimp, pilchards, Spanish sardines, finger mullet or threadfin herring, you can tie a 1/0 longshank hook directly to the tag end of the leader with an improved clinch knot
or uni knot.
He'd then tie 16 to 18 inches of 30-pound leader to the rear treble hook using an improved clinch knot