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KNOT: THE SLIM BEAUTY

The Slim Beauty was shown to me by Dean Butler who learnt from a Florida Tarpon guide. It is a great knot for joining lines that vary significantly in diameter. Once learnt it is a very strong reliable streamlined join that passes through guides and rollers easily.


Fig: 1

1 - Do a double overhand knot in the leader. Leave tag ends long, say 10".


Fig: 2

2 - Tighten overhand knot so that a figure 8 appears.


Fig: 3

3 - Pass end of double though the figure 8 as shown in Fig 3 and 3A


Fig: 3A

 


Fig: 4

4 - Wrap line around leader 6 to 10 times as shown in Fig4 and 4A.


Fig: 4A

 


Fig: 5

5 - Pass end of double line through ist loop as shown in Fig 5.


Fig: 6

6 - The trick with this knot is in the tightening. Firstly snug up, but don't over tighten, the figure 8 in the leader by pulling both ends of the leader. Then tighten the double by pulling on the main double against the main leader, not by pulling the doubles' tag end. Repeat the snugging up on both leader and double until tight. Finally pull as tight as you can, put as much pressure as you can on this knot. Then trim tag ends as close as you wish.

As with all new knots, practice it until you're confident with it and trust it.