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Gartside's Sparrow

Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 8:52 am
by Ron Eagle Elk
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.

Re: Test

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 7:39 am
by Ron Eagle Elk
I see one now, you guys?

Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 7:50 am
by upstatetrout
You got it!

Tom

Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 8:49 am
by hankaye
REE, Howdy;

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

hank

Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 10:18 am
by tie2fish
Lovely fly and great photo!

Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 4:10 pm
by letumgo
Oh man, that is a gorgeous fly Ron!

Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 5:18 pm
by daringduffer
Worth the wait.

dd

Re: Gartside's Sparrow

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 7:26 am
by Ron Eagle Elk
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.

Re: Gartside Sparrow

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 8:23 am
by ForumGhillie
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!

John

Re: Gartside Narrative

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 8:32 am
by swellcat
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.