Gartside's Sparrow

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Re: Gartside

Post by bearbutt » Fri May 10, 2019 8:49 am

Really nice story. Jack was the real thing--down to earth, scrappy, always making do. And doing things his own way. His catalogues are great documents in the history of fly design--. And his flies are totally consistent (reminds me of Ed Haas in a way). Here's a box of Sparrows Jack tied:

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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by wsbailey » Fri May 10, 2019 11:29 am

I met Jack a time or two. He was as practical as he was creative.

https://www.jackgartside.com/art_pheasant_feathers.htm
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by chase creek » Fri May 10, 2019 2:46 pm

Nice lookin' fly, Ron. (and story of how you learned this pattern)
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by Mike62 » Fri May 10, 2019 4:23 pm

When I was much younger I wanted to be Jack Gartside.

I love Gartside's Sparrow, it's been a great pattern for me.
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by tjd » Sat May 11, 2019 5:39 am

Ron,

Thanks for posting the photo your very well-tied Sparrow, and story about Jack. I got to meet him in 1991 when I was stationed in South Weymouth, MA. I also learned how to tie the pattern from him, and it has been a favorite, go to fly for many years. The United Fly Tyer meetings, running into him at Stoddards, and the tying demonstrations at Orvis Boston were always well attended and very informative.
We had some pretty interesting fishing adventures...from kettle pond trout, night fishing for stripers, to trout fishing in Montana. Jack was a good friend, and it is hard to believe that he has been gone 10 years this December. I miss him.

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Tim
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by ForumGhillie » Sat May 11, 2019 6:35 am

Since so many of you actually saw Jack tie the Gartside Sparrow pattern, how about someone describe the pattern dressing? I for one, never met or saw Jack tie and I have never used the Gartside Sparrow pattern before.

It would be great to have "here", Jack's actual original dressing. Especially, since many of today's younger fly tiers will probably never read it in a book but might read about it on the web.

Thanks,

John
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by tjd » Sat May 11, 2019 6:47 am

Hi John,

I was gifted a "step by step" frame that Jack did for the Sparrow.
Maybe next time Ray visits he can photograph it for us.

There are several You Tube videos on line, Hans Weilenmann did one of the best I've seen for tying the Sparrow.

I'll put up the original dressing later today.

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Tim
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Sat May 11, 2019 8:09 am

I envy those of you who got to know Jack so well. I only had the chance to meet him that one time, and it was well worth it. The day I met him, he was tying with marabou. Being near the doors, every time someone opened the doors a breeze would come in. By the time our shift was over, both of our tying areas and ourselves were covered with marabou scraps.
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by wsbailey » Sat May 11, 2019 8:36 am

The link I posted has Jack’s description of the Sparrow.
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Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Post by ronr » Sat May 11, 2019 11:02 am

REE I understand the show jitters...my first shift in Albany, I was next to Jim Schollmeyer.....I was too timid to chat...
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