Simon Becker has guided in the Florida Keys for more than 18 years. His innovative fly-tying and leader-construction techniques have improved the catch rates of his clientele and been adopted by anglers around the world in pursuit of saltwater species.
The Slim Beauty finds its origins in some of the inventive knot techniques developed by Captain Tom Pierce, a light-tackle guide in Key West, Florida, in the 1970s. Pierce wanted to improve upon the standard jam knots that were being used to connect Dacron to monofilament. He came up with idea of using a clinch knot behind a figure-eight knot, and later...