Gartside's Sparrow

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Gartside's Sparrow

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Wed May 08, 2019 8:52 am

Just a test. Gartside Sparrow. Mustad 3906B size 12, black thread, tail is pheasant marabou feather, abdomen is olive hare's dubbin, pheasant church window feather for hackle and the head is the aftershaft feather from the marabou feather. Brook trout slammed it yesterday.
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Re: Test

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Thu May 09, 2019 7:39 am

I see one now, you guys?
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by upstatetrout » Thu May 09, 2019 7:50 am

You got it!

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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by hankaye » Thu May 09, 2019 8:49 am

REE, Howdy;

:D , Yup, great big fluffy lookin' fly ... that bird will sing for your supper for ya. ;)

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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by tie2fish » Thu May 09, 2019 10:18 am

Lovely fly and great photo!
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by letumgo » Thu May 09, 2019 4:10 pm

Oh man, that is a gorgeous fly Ron!
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by daringduffer » Thu May 09, 2019 5:18 pm

Worth the wait.

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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Fri May 10, 2019 7:26 am

Thanks for the kind words. I learned to tie this fly from the originator of the fly, Jack Gartside. I was new to the demo tying gig at fly fishing shows, maybe my second or third show. They put the newer guys at the back wall near the exit doors. I showed up for my three hour shift and found I was seated next to Jack. I was a bit star struck. He liked to be near the exit doors so he could run out for a smoke, which he did often. When he wasn't tying a demo fly or smoking, he showed me a few of his flies. He even directed people to me, telling them I really knew my stuff about wet flies. I learned a few flies from the originator and got a confidence boost in the bargain.
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Re: Gartside Sparrow

Post by ForumGhillie » Fri May 10, 2019 8:23 am

Ron, that's a keeper!

I know you know how to do this... How about renaming this thread "Gartside Sparrow" instead of "test"? The pattern and your history experience is worth preserving this thread topic.

Thanks!

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Re: Gartside Narrative

Post by swellcat » Fri May 10, 2019 8:32 am

I learned to tie this fly from the originator of the fly, Jack Gartside. I was new to the demo tying gig at fly fishing shows, maybe my second or third show. They put the newer guys at the back wall near the exit doors. I showed up for my three hour shift and found I was seated next to Jack. I was a bit star struck. He liked to be near the exit doors so he could run out for a smoke, which he did often. When he wasn't tying a demo fly or smoking, he showed me a few of his flies. He even directed people to me, telling them I really knew my stuff about wet flies. I learned a few flies from the originator and got a confidence boost in the bargain.

What a great story. Jack's willingness to share the limelight suggests class and generosity of spirit.
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