The flies on this page are all Gartside originals, designed by Jack. When he was alive each fly Jack sold he tied himself, to order. With his passing his flies are sadly no longer available for sale. What remains and what you'll find here is his porfolio, hopefully to encourage and inspire both current and future tyers. As time and information allows, we'll expand these listings with dressings and notes.
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- Mayfly, Caddis,
and Stonely Dries
- Nymphs and Wets
CPF patterns are tied with a remarkable, high-floating, water-resistant feather located near the chicken's anus that I call "chicken-poop feathers" (or "CPF" for short). Firefly patterns feature a high-visibility topping of orange glo-yarn that allows these flies to be seen from as far away as the average person can cast.
Whether your quarry is bass, trout, pike, or salmon, these commotion flies can draw wild strikes and are among the funnest flies you'll ever fish. The Gurgler is perhaps the most popular and effective surface commotion fly in the country and has been used for innumerable species the world-over.
These patterns really come into their own when the water is low and the hatches are rather sparse.
Here are my best-known and most successful nymph patterns, along with some traditional nymphs and wets. The Sparrow—a fly that looks like lots of things in general and nothing in particular—was originally tied for trout but since then has caught everything from bluegill to bonefish.
There is almost nothing a well-fished streamer pattern won't catch. Here is a mix of my own most popular patterns, along with some newer creations and a few old standards that are proven fish-catchers.