Slim Beauty Knot
OK thanks to JFBasser I have just retied a gelspun to flyline attachment using the Slim Beauty knot (first try). I like the knot better than an albright and trust that it is much stronger than a loop connection.
I will still use a double surgeon's loop to kevlar loop connector on my Spey reels where I swap lines a lot, since I doubt it will ever break there - but for lines that I do not swap I will replace albrights with this knot for sure.
Here is how to tie it:
tie a double overhand knot in the end of the fly line...
Pull slowly and evenly until a figure-eight forms from the tension...
Double over the backing and thread it thru both halves of the figure eight as if they were fly rod guides...
Then wrap the doubled backing over the flyline several times and tuck it under itself like a clinch knot...
Gradually tighten everything up so the fly line knot comes tight like a little barrel and the backing pulls tight over the flyline like a snell of sorts...
My first try, neither too slim nor very beautiful but you get the gist. I am sure I will get smooth with it over time and also am thinking of alternatives to the clinch wrap on the line side. I will let you know if I come up with anything more like a snell on an old eagle claw bait hook.
You might want to test the strength. A couple years ago when I tried the same thing it seemed to break easily on the back end of a 9wt SA floater. I only tested it by twice and gave up on it after the second failure. I never liked the albright either. Of course, different fly line types will probably have different results.
OTOH. I've never had a properly installed braided loop fail on any type of fly line. Same with a nail knotted or served fly line loop.
I also didn't like the knot because the resulting diameter is about 3x the original line diameter at the "figure eight" end. Since I could use this knot on bigger lines that are likely to be pulled through the guides, the extra bump did not appeal to me.
But, I've been a huge fan of this knot for some time. It is a fabulous knot for attaching mono bite tipped to the leader. The same holds true for attaching bite tippets to mono and mono to gsp on conventional gear.
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