Fly Fishing Knots: How to Tie the Slim Beauty Knot

March 18, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

New on MidCurrent: If you are a saltwater fly fisher chances are you’ve heard of or even used the Slim Beauty knot. That’s a remarkable thing to say about a knot that gained prominent use among Key West tarpon guides only in the last five or ten years.
There are, of course, folks who believe that the classic Bimini-to-Huffnagle or even modified improved blood knot are better ways to attach class tippets to shock tippets. Often the choice becomes personal taste, but more often than not — I believe — how well a knot is tied determines its usefulness. The fact is that, of any of the class-to-shock or class-to-butt section connections you might tie while on the water, the Slim Beauty is probably the easiest to tie well.
To help you see why, MidCurrent offers a new video and step-by-step article on Tying the Slim Beauty Knot.