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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

RECIPE:
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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Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer tied by Darren MacEachern

The late Jack Gartside created quite a number of fly patterns during his long fly tying and fly fishing career. Jack’s Soft Hackle streamer is a one of his most popular and earlier fly patterns. The Soft Hackle Streamer has been adapted for targeting a number of sportfish species. These include bass, pike, snook, baby tarpon, trout, striped bass, steelhead, and Atlantic Salmon to name a few.

The fly can be tied for either saltwater or freshwater. Choose hooks based on where you plan to fish the pattern, and for the species you want to target. The colors selected should also be tailored for the specific species. The fly is tied similar to the famous Alaskabou or Popsicle fly designed by west coaster George Cook, but there are a few differences in the fly patterns. The Gartside fly is tied with a front hackle of water fowl and the marabou is tied in butt first.

The marabou is an excellent choice of material and imparts a lot of life and action to the fly when it hits the water.

Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer fly pattern recipe

Hook: Paxima Iseama #2 (14)
Thread: Dark olive 6/0
Tail: 5-10 strands silver Flashabou doubled
1st collar: Olive marabou
2nd collar: Tan marabou
3rd collar: Lemon wood duck flank

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