This week for “Master Class Monday”—our new feature about taking your fly fishing skills to the next level—Pete Kutzer demonstrates the slim beauty knot. It was developed by noted Florida Keys guide (and the man behind Midcurrent) Marshall Cutchin as a way to attach fine class tippets to heavy monofilament shock tippets for tarpon fishing. It’s cleaner and easier to tie than the Huffnagle Knot, which was traditionally the way to attach a shock tippet. But wait a minute—just because you don’t fish in salt water does not mean you won’t use this knot. The slim beauty is also one of the best ways to tie a light tippet to a much heavier section, and it’s even more useful as a way to attach a wire bite guard to your tippet for pike or musky fishing.
Watch for further installments of Master Class Monday every week here at Orvis News, in the Advanced Tactics playlist our You Tube Channel, and on the new Advanced section (coming soon) of our Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center.