Use the Slim Beauty Knot for Bite Tippets

Angling Tip: Tying Mono Bite Tippets with the Slim Beauty Knot

When you are after sharp-toothed fish like bluefish you need a bite-resistant section of line at the end of your leader to keep from getting bitten off. Some anglers use single- strand wire or plastic-coated braided wire but others prefer heavy 60lb to 80lb mono as a less visible bite-tip strategy. So how do you join a 15 or 20lb leader tippet to a heavy piece of 60 or 80lb mono? One of the easiest ways is to use the Slim Beauty knot. It is fast and easy to tie—even on a bouncing boat—and it is very reliable. Here’s how you do it step-by-step (the photos use 1” and 1/8” diameter ropes for ease of visibility).

 1. Cut off a piece of heavy 60 or 80lb mono (red rope in photos) and tie a two-turn overhand knot in one end.


2. Pull the knot enough so the overhand knot  partially closes to form a figure-8 in one end, leaving it just loose enough that its two holes are still open.

3. Thread one end of your light tippet (blue and white rope in photos) through the two holes of the figure-8 knot and pull enough leader through to make about 9 turns around the large bite tippet but do not make them yet. Snug up the figure-8 knot.

4. Now wind the leader’s tippet end 4 times around the large bite tippet away from the figure-8.

5. Then continue to wind the tag of the leader tippet 5 times back toward the figure-8 knot, winding over the 4 turns you made in step 4. (Note: anglers vary the number of turns used in the Slim Beauty; some use 4 up and 5 back, other 6 up and 7 back, and still others 11 up and 12 back. I find the 4 and 5 combo to work well with 60 and 80 lb mono and 15–20lb leaders.)

6. Just before you reach the figure-8 knot slip the tag end underneath the first turn you made in Step 4. Pull on the tag just enough to take the slack out of the loop but no tighter.

7. Now holding the heavy bite in one hand and the leader in the other draw down the Slim Beauty by pulling smoothly on both until the knot sets. The lighter leader material should form tight coils around the bite as it sets.

Trim the tag ends and put a small loop in the non-bite end of your new bite tippet assembly using a three-turn Surgeon's loop so you can connect it to your leader using a loop-to-loop connection. To tie the heavy bite to your fly, use a two- or three-turn non-slip loop.
——Dick Brown