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Doug McKnight ties a Slingblade Spoonfly by The Weekly Fly

Doug McKnight: Slingblade Spoonfly fly tying video tutorial

Doug puts the weight on in this heave multi-purpose fly.
Livingston tier and guide Doug McKnight hails originally from Pensylvania, but now lives in Livingston, MT. Doug began tying flies at age 9 under his father’s instruction along with a few instructional books. In 2003, Umpqua Feather Merchants signed him up as a signature fly tyer, and you can buy his unique fly patterns in fly shops around the world. In 2010, Fly Fisherman Magazine published a streamer- tying article written by Doug that was very well received. He continues to write for regional and national publications. Doug McKnight, in recent years, has been working on his fine art of oil paintings, pastels and pen and pencil drawings. Doug’s art is carefully rendered and his meticulous nature lends itself towards recreating beautiful and accurate images with an emphasis on the angler’s world.

Doug works at Yellow Dog Fly Fishing in addition to his personal creative work.

If you would like to learn more about Doug’s custom work you can reach him at dougmfish406@gmail.com or by contacting him at Doug McKnight’s Big Water Studio

Hook: Mustad #34011 stainless long shank #1/0-6
Thread: UTC 140 color to suit
Weight: .010-.025 lead wire
Eyes: black Laquer applied with a toothpick
Tail: Rabbit fur, flash, sili-legs
Body: Brassie size ultra wire, epoxy, glitter, model paint; Epoxy turner is handy for this one

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Home Invader – In The Riffle

I first seen this Doug McKnight pattern in Montana Fly Fishing magazine in mid 2012. You can buy a tying kit for the pattern from In The Riffle. This looks like a killer pattern for pike and bass as well as the intended big trout.

Hook: #02-08 Tiemco 5263
Eyes: Large Red Painted Dumb Bell Eyes
Thread: Olive UTC 140
Tail: Brown Woolly Bugger Marabou
Collar: Tan Arctic Fox Tail Hair
Flash: Copper Krystal Flash
Wing: Grizzly Hackle


Pig Pen Leech – Doug McKnight

The pigpen is a sweet looking leech that reminds me a bit of Chili Pepper with that burnt orange tail. The fly is fairly simple and uses a spun bunny body. This thing must move in the water like no body’s business. Hang it under an indicator, let it dead drift and wait for the trout to slam it like a bulldozer. The video is on The Weekly Fly, and twisted up by Umpqua fly architect Doug McKnight.

Pig Pen Leech - Doug McKinght
Pig Pen Leech - Doug McKinght