We first started tying an early version of the Slim Beauty back in the early 1990s in the Key West area. The idea for the knot began in the 1970s with a desire to develop a knot similar to the jam knot that was quicker to tie but just as strong as Bimini-to-Huffnagle or Bimini-to-Albright knots. Versions of this knot had been used before, of course. Captain Tom Pierce, one of the top light tackle guides of his era, used a similar knot to tie mono to wire, which was his favorite bite tippet for tarpon when he pioneered fishing in Key West harbor.
The name of the knot comes from a comment made by the lunch counter lady at Five Brothers sandwich shop in Key West, who called Tom Rowland a “Slim Beauty” while he was in the shop with Simon Becker. Simon took the name and applied it to the knot, which he had a large role in developing and testing. [Read more...]