Original Fly patterns by Doug McKnight
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This page is a gallery of Doug McKnight’s original fly patterns; they are rendered from nearly two decades of tying and fishing experience. These flies are tied to a very high standard with the best of materials and hooks. Doug’s flies are built to last and will meet the most demanding situations that fly fishers face. Many of these patterns, you will not find anywhere else!
All of these flies are available are available on a tied to order basis. Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery, sometimes longer during periods of high demand and during the guiding season. Doug will make very possible effort to make sure that your flies arrive in time before your fishing plans, if you have any questions feel free to contact him.
The Home Invader Streamer is designed to imitate common prey species for a wide variety of predatory gamefish, if it eats a smaller fish, you can count on this fly getting eaten! This fly was featured in the April 2010 issue of Fly Fisherman Magazine, and is unique and innovative streamer. Inspired by many well known streamers designed by the likes of Bob Clouser, Jack Gartside, Carrie Stevens, and Bob Popovics; Doug McKnight’s Home Invader utilizes ideas from many other flies into a great streamer tied with mostly natural materials. When wet, this fluffy streamer slicks up into a perfect baitfish silhouette, and with the natural materials, becomes alive in the water. Predatory fish react accordingly, and the takes from these fish can be downright jaw dropping! Typically, the Home Invader is tied on a heavy-duty freshwater streamer hook (TMC 700) with lead dumbbell eyes, but they can easily be tied on Saltwater hook or lighter weight eyes if you desire.
NATURAL SERIES HOME INVADER
This series of the Home Invader Streamer utilizes Ring-necked Pheasant Marabou and Australian Possum body, resulting in naturally subdued shades of grey and tan. This is one of Doug’s favorite variations and is devastating large, educated trout in clear water. Over the years this pattern has caught some really huge fish out of demanding waters. Due to the size of the marabou this fly is only available in sizes #4-8.
The Sasquatch is one of the gnarliest and nastiest streamers out there today. It is designed for big trout and Smallmouth Bass, and really works well when molting Crayfish are on the menu. The body of this fly made from Woodchuck fur that pushes a ton of water, fish can feel this fly as well as see it’s large profile. Even though the hair is fairly stiff and course, you still get a ton of movement.
Tied on a heavy lead headed jig, the Lowrider Sculpin, is designed to be fished right along the bottom. This fly gets down quick in heavy current, there is very little wait time to get to get down and this fly gets to the bottom quickly where any good Sculpin imitation belongs. The Lowrider Sculpin has a realistic head and fins, along with a very active bunny strip tail and body. Don’t hit yourself with this fly, you have been warned!
Developed for fishing western stillwaters and the large fish they contain, the Pigpen leach excels at fooling oversized trout. While the Pigpen is designed to imitate a leach, it also imitates Damsel & Dragonfly nymphs, small baitfish, even a crayfish. The Pigpen is just as effective on moving waters, and the all of the materials on this fly move and breathe, even when you are not imparting any action on this fly. Even when it’s standing still, it’s still moving, and a slow, stop and go retrieve is often too much for Stillwater trout of epic proportions to lay off of.
ROAD WARRIOR DAMSELFLY NYMPH
This fly is the result of Doug McKnight getting his butt handed to him on a particular Montana Lake that holds some huge, but incredibly difficult trout. This is an ultra realistic fly that also moves like a swimming Damselfly nymph and can get it done when you have big trout keying on Damsels that are being super selective.