A couple of weeks ago I posted a little bit about the 16-20 terminal knot. I was hoping to generate a discussion and create some synergy with that post to the point where I was a little more argumentative in the comments than I would normally be comfortable with. Based on those discussions it would seem that most people are in the same boat I have been in. They have tied the improved clinch since dirt was invented and are reluctant to bust a move, particularly since most options seem to have serious draw-backs beyond strength.
A gentleman named Matt has started a new blog. So far he is focusing heavily on gear reviews and how-to type content. Good stuff if you are looking for a more technically bent blog. He has brought my attention to a couple of recent posts that really have me excited; Tying the "Double" Davy Knot and Knot Testing. Matt worked hard on these posts and they significantly expand upon my own puny attempt at knot testing. I am sure he started his testing campaign before my post, but nevertheless, this is the kind of synergy I was hoping for.
I have actually been using the 16-20 off-and-on in live action. So far it has held up OK but I did lose one really nice carp where I felt like the knot did not hold up well. Frankly it seems to be a good knot when tied correctly, but a difficult knot to tie and a very difficult knot to tie consistently. And the Davy Knot? Super fast, super easy, uses minimal tippet and would appear in my own preliminary testing to beat the improved clinch AND the 16-20. I will have to work with it some more, but I think there is a new favorite to take over the business end of my rig. Thanks Matt!