A clasp is a small hook-shaped fastener that is similar in function to a safety pin. A small diameter U-shaped metal wire latches behind a piece of metal that holds the clasp closed. Clasps are used primarily as a fast and effective means of attaching and removing terminal tackle, including, but not limited to, lures, hooks, leaders and weights.
Select a fishing line that is appropriate for the species of fish you will attempt to catch. For example, when fishing for mountain trout, try a 6-lb. test or lighter line. When fishing for largemouth bass, you will want to use 8-lb. test or higher. Monofilament line is most often used, however, there are also braided lines and fluorocarbon lines.
Hold the clasp in one hand by the larger end that opens and closes. The opposite, and smaller end, will feature an eye for attaching to the fishing line. Feed 3 to 4 inches of fishing line through the eye of the hook.
Attach the clasp using a clinch knot. Wrap the tag, or free end, of the fishing line around the main line for six to seven turns. There is no specific number of turns to be made, however, a good rule of thumb is six to seven.
Feed the tag end of the line back down and through the small loop opening formed just above the eye of the clasp. The loop was formed in the line by wrapping the line. Make sure to feed enough of the line back through the loop so that the line does not pull back and the line unwrap.
Moisten the knot with water and slowly begin to pull the knot tight. Make small adjustments to the knot to make sure the wraps stay aligned and that the knot snugs down against the eye of the clasp. Trim the excess line from the knot using scissors.
Tips & Warnings
- Keep in mind that when tying braid lines, there is much more friction involved and the knot will not slide so easily to be tightened. It will be necessary to adjust the knot down tightly instead of pulling tight.
- Use caution when tying knots or handling monofilament lines that are pulled taught. It is possible to receive a cut or abrasion from tight lines.