Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Thanks Jack....More Soft-Hackle Flies

Over the years I have expressed my admiration of Jack Gartside. A true genius in the fly fishing world. Many of his patterns continue to put fish on the hook. In his book "Fly Patterns for the Adventurous Tyer" which features fresh water patterns from little bugs to large streamers. Many of Jack's patterns feature the use of ring neck pheasant. This bird has a multitude of feathers which can be used, I would say that all of the feathers can actually be used.

The flies tied below while not Gartside patterns do incorporate feathers from the pheasant. And as the book title say's "Adventurous Tyer"...so Jack here are some simple flies tied in the soft-hackle tradition.


The Pheasant Soft-Hackle Streamer 1
This streamer fly has a gold thread body. The wing is a fluffy pheasant marabou feather. The hackle collar is two pheasant shoulder feathers.


The Pheasant Soft-Hackle Streamer 2
This streamer features an orange thread body. The wing uses a fluffy pheasant marabou feather. The collar is two pheasant shoulder feathers, one light colored and one dark colored.


This simple caddis pattern uses a tan thread body. A peacock herl thorax. And a grizzly marabou pheasant feather.

Adventurous...I think so.






21 comments:

  1. Alan
    Good looking flies. We need a serious thaw in order to give them a test run.

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete I was out for a couple of hours today...found a few.

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  2. Jack's flies are wonderful and very creative.... very nicely tied.

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    1. Doug Korn, Fly Tyer
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      Doug he was a master.

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  3. Hi Alan, Something different but very nice.

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    1. George
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      George if you ever get the chance check out some of Gartside's work....

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    2. will investigate it now you have mentioned it. Cheers

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  4. Delicious Alan! I have got to get my hands on Jack's book a.s.a.p.!! Your streamer patterns above, one and two, are an inspiration and I know that they would take fish in my locale! Great work friend!
    D.'s Den

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    1. Dougsden
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      Doug you would enjoy his book, he has many awesome flies to tinker with. One of the two streamers worked pretty well yesterday on some local jewels.

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  5. Well done Alan! I love tying with pheasant and incorporate it whenever I can in many patterns. I love the caddis by the way.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard pheasant is a cheap under used material. Many uses for sure.

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  6. The streamers are really nice, Alan, but the caddis is brilliant.

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    1. William Shuck
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      Bill hopefully in times of warmer weather it will work. It's versatile for it can be fished wet or dry.

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  7. Here's an analogy for you Alan, which I understand is already the case in England;

    Pheasant tail (PT)is nymph as Kleenex is to tissue

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  8. John Dornik
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    John those folks have a very strong bond with the pheasant tail....and to think that it was said they were dry fly purists.

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  9. Alan
    I'm so impressed with the Pheasant Soft Hackle, I could even see smallmouth or spots nailing this fly. Great job at the vice, thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill this fly would make a fine bass fly especially when tied a bit larger. Various colors are also an option.

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  10. The soft hackle streamer was how I like fly tying, simple and good looking. I ll tye up some streamers like that and give them a go in the west coast creeks and mountain lake here.

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    1. Jossilainen
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      When you count the materials in those streamers there are but three, and one of those three is the thread.
      Simplicity to the max.
      I would love to hear about your success with these flies on your west coast waters.

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  11. Three superb examples of worker flies. You know, the kind that put fish on a hook? Nice job Alan

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    1. penbayman
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      Mike great title "Worker Flies"!

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