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Doc Knoll - Thoughts Of A Chicken Rancher

Doc Knoll owns and operates Knoll's Yellowstone Hackle near Pray, Montana. His close proximity to Yellowstone National Park gives him the special knowledge that is needed to understand the fishing in the area and how to make a trip to the area successful.

His business specializes in the production of top quality fly tying material through the raising of genetic chickens.

Knoll has been an avid angler from a very early age and took up the sport of fly fishing as a teenager. Since then, it has become his passion and livlihood.

Doc's articles have become a welcome addition to About-Flyfishing.com and regulars have enjoyed reading his thought-provoking and often humorous work.

Articles By Doc Knoll:

Fly Fishing 101 (Intro)

Fly Fishing 101 (Intro) By Doc Knoll Hello Everyone, Periodically, throughout the summer season, I have the fortunate experience to meet many anglers who visit the area where I happen to call home. Coincidentally, home lies just to the north of Yellowstone National Park. Here, in rural Pray, Montana (population 300+-) I manage a small…

D.J.'s Flies

D.J.’s Flies Worried about what your flies look like? It’s recommended you take a look at this article by Doc before you fret yourself over comparisons to the expert’s flies. I raise genetic hackle and because of my farm’s proximity to Yellowstone National Park, during the course of an average summer day I meet more…

Heidi-Land - Fly Fishing Along Beartooth Highway

Heidi-Land – Flyfishing Along Beartooth Highway Visions of flowering mountain meadows and crystal clear mountain streams with some great flyfishing mixed in. Doc Knoll recommends a visit to this area at least once in your life! As a young boy I read a whole lot more then many people ever expected I did. I now…

The Truth About Flyfishing Feathers

The Truth About Flyfishing Feathers So much misinformation abounds about genetic hackle, fly tying, and premium materials.What’s a fly tyer to do? Read Doc Knoll, that’s what! Discover the truth. While I was in college a marketing professor once said, “If something is essentially wrong with a product. . . then advertise the hell out…

Lost: One Fly Box

Lost: One Fly Box Did you ever wonder who dropped whatever it was that you just picked up. . .Doc Knoll writes about finding a flyfishing fly box. Some time ago I decided that I had completed enough work for the day. I slipped on my waders and took a short walk to the Yellowstone…

Flyfishing 101A

Flyfishing 101A It’s important to fish within your capabilities to really enjoy flyfishing. I once saw a very popular tee shirt that proudly proclaimed, “A bad day of fishing is better then a good day of work.” I believe there could be a little truth in that statement. The major advantage of teaching is that…

'However' Is An Angling Word

‘However’ Is An Angling Word A look at fishing Yellowstone. I hope that some of the questions some of you asked of me (directly and via e-mail) worked out. Sorry I did not post these “technical” questions to the Flyfishing site but I thought they might bore the novice angler to death and THAT is…

Wolves & A Chicken Rancher

Wolves & A Chicken Rancher What’s the truth about Yellowstone’s wolves? Every summer I have visitors to my fly shop asking about the wolves which were introduced into Yellowstone Park in 1995. I usually answered, “it does it affect me. . . I saw the Cache Creek pack last week just east of Soda Butte,”…

The Truth About Hoppers

The Truth About Hoppers Want to really catch more fish with hoppers?Here’s the low down on proper selection. Last summer I had an elderly fellow come into my shop and he, like many others, began to recount his endless history about the flies he had once tied and the countless roosters to which he had…

To Teach A Kid

To Teach A Kid Teach a kid to fly fish, and you will help an adult to develop to character, perhaps two adults if you include you! For most anglers “Doc’s Fly Shop” is an very easy place to hang out. Almost everyone who show up is on vacation. Everyone is willing to swap a…

A Winter Ha-Ha

A Winter Ha-Ha Yeah, some folks have it made in the winter. Here’s the Doc’s description of fishing Yellowstone in the winter. Since most angler feel the first frost and the month of November brings a close to this year’s angling expeditions, we, those of us who live in the land of the Big Sky,…

Stinky Guides And Float Trips

Stinky Guides And Float Trips Should this fly fishing guide get paid? Choosing a good guide is tougher than it appears. Doc Knoll recounts this vacationer’s experience at Yellowstone. Choosing a good guide is tougher then it appears. One of the major gripes that I harbor is: when a new customer comes into my shop…

Na-Na-Na-Na-Naaaa

Na-Na-Na-Na-Naaaa As many northern fly anglers are suffering from flyfishing withdrawal, Doc Knoll comes along and struts like a rooster about the great winter fishing in Yellowstone. By Doc Knoll Since most angler feel the first frost and the month of November brings a close to this year’s angling expeditions, we, those of us who…

A Few Of Doc's Opinions

A Few Of Doc’s Opinions Doc Knoll sits back and thinks thoughts about fly fishing. Some thoughts you might have answers for, some you will agree with, and some you might not want to know about. By Doc Knoll Okay… I have a fly shop. Sometimes funny things do happen inside but.. they’re pretty much…

Great Montana Destinations

Great Montana Rivers Doc Knoll shoots straight from the hip in providing his experiences and judgements about some Montana rivers. This article covers the North Fork and the Bighorn. By Doc Knoll Montana. When I first heard the word it almost sent shivers down my spine (I really don’t know why.) And, the first time…

Great Rivers Of Montana (Part II)

Great Rivers Of Montana (Part II) Doc Knoll on the Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers, Montana. By Doc Knoll In the last article I wrote about The Flathead and the Big Horn Rivers. In this segment I’ve elected to move to the southwestern part of the state and discuss the two rivers that are in…

Great Montana Rivers (Part III)

Great Montana Rivers (Part III) The Gallatin, Madison and the Jefferson Rivers are recovering from whirling diseased trout to once again become a great fly fishery. Doc Knoll continues his series on the great rivers of Montana. By Doc Knoll About two hundred years ago a couple of rock and row stars, by the name…

The Legend Of Shorty McFane

The Legend Of Shorty McFane Next time you see a kid showing a little interest in what you love to do stop for a moment and carefully show him or her how you become involved. Even with your own flaws, the experience could make a difference in their lives. By Doc Knoll. It’s mid winter…

Fly Fishing in Yellowstone Country

Fly Fishing in Yellowstone Country Information for the novice and expert alike. By Doc Knoll To the many devoted people who entertain themselves with the possibility of visiting prime fly fishing destinations in the continental US Yellowstone Park is the hands down, first row, first pew, undisputed leader of all US locations. I feel very…