Fly Fishing Knots: Origins of the "Slim Beauty"

August 27, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

In the past 12 years, the “Slim Beauty” has become one of the most popular knots in saltwater fly fishing, due to both its simplicity and its performance. The Slim Beauty allows leader material of different diameters to be connected with minimal fuss and results in a high-strength knot with a very small profile. These qualities have led to it being adopted as a replacement to other classic tippet-to-shock and tippet-to-butt connections like the Albright and the Huffnagle. MidCurrent presents this story of the knot’s origins by the guide who invented it, Captain Simon Becker.