Friday, March 21, 2014

More Gartside, more soft hackles.

This pattern was taken from Jack Gartside and is my variation of his soft hackle streamer. While there is no dispute that Jack's soft hackle streamer is one of the best flies ever created. So why try a variation? Well tying the fly my way you can use this streamer on those small streams, and when tying with marabou, which is the material in Jack's version it can be a bit tricky when palmering the marabou.

This is a fly that is similar to another of Jack's patterns, the Sparrow. The sparrow is tied as a nymph though and is not tied on a streamer hook. As title say's "adventurous tyer". So I'm sure Jack wouldn't mind.

These are tied on a Mustad 79580 #12 streamer hook using antron dubbing, wire ribbing and ginger hen hackle.


The next two are tied with a darker antron dubbing, and a darker hen hackle. This one is on a #12 hook.


This one is tied on a Mustad 38941 #10 hook. It also has peacock tied at the head. These flies are tied with a bit more hackle than a traditional soft hackle wet fly. This heavier amount should give a nice profile of a bait fish.

24 comments:

  1. Hi again!
    Nice post! I'm just covering kind of the same topic on my blog tying together James (big Jim) Leisenring, Vernos (Pete) S. Hidy and W. C. Stewart with my own experiences trying to come to some kind of final conlusion. Fascinating the Flymphs, Spiders and other soft-hackled flies. Thanks for sharing some info on this book of yours!
    Kind greetings from a sunny Sweden,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      There's a few gents that have some knowledge of soft hackles.

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  2. Sorry for the typo! Vernon (Pete) S. Hidy and nothing else. ;-)

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  3. Alan - these "extended" wets/soft hackles/spiders or whatever you want to call them should work very well!

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      I know you fish these types of flies often. When some better weather come our way I hope to test them.

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    1. Hibernation,
      Thanks.
      I hope they work.

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  5. I loved Gartside's simple yet effective style of fly tying. You will never find me with out a black or white Gurgler.

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    1. Savage,
      Thanks.
      He was a master of such things. I know you salt water guys know the value of his patterns.

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  6. Alan
    Those are awesome patterns in a soft hackle style. I know you are ready to get out and give those a try. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      Just as soon as we get some decent weather.

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  7. Alan that last one is the one,that will work well wherever it is fished,may have to borrow that pattern from you.

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    1. phly,
      Thanks.
      If so I'll be happy.
      I'll post a recipe and tying instructions in another post.

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  8. They look like killers for sure. Nice ties.

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    1. Kiwi,
      Thanks.
      So far that's whats being said. So many fly fishers with the same thoughts, that's gotta be good..

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  9. I do agree with you on Gartside's Soft Hackle Streamer pattern. It has been a very productive fly over the years in the lakes and ponds out west. Love these examples of the soft hackle wet fly's/nymphs. Thanks as always for sharing your talent.

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    1. Mel Moore,
      Thanks.
      It's good to know that they work in still water.

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  10. Alan... nice ties ....great photos of "said" flies....

    I'm not sure about trout...but i'll attest to small-mouth and red-belly(dace 4lb) catch-ability!!! except i'm not talented enuff to "wind" or palmer my marabou...I have to attach it a few strands at a time...sigh*

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    1. flyfisher1000,
      Thanks.
      Sure you are. Like Nike used to say..just do it.

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    2. flyfisher1000-You might try wetting the marabou.

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  11. I'm sure Jack wouldn't mind. This is just the sort of thing he loved. My all-time favorite tier.

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    1. ssj,
      Thanks.
      That's exactly what I thought. Great guy and tyer.

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  12. Those would work in Colorado.

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