The Gartside Grub

A large part of what makes running this web site fun is the people you meet. Last week’s newsletter brought a reply from  Doctor Robert Gartside of the Lake District in the UK–not a relative of Jack’s, but a sharer of  his  love for of angling.

A tyer himself, he wrote “When I fished Tweed, I tied a fly which I called the Gartside Grub. It was a salmon fly on a  fair sized treble  with a red wool tag and mingled brown & yellow deer hair wings a body of olive wool ribbed with red floss.. As simple as that but it looked just right in the Autumn colours and caught a fish first time out. My Ghillie was delighted as it was the first for his boat for a fortnight and I went on to catch my biggest salmon (25lbs)  and also my best catch of five in one day. I also had the  unusual experience of getting  three fresh salmon in four casts and the first weighed 21 lbs.”

That’s some pretty outstanding fishing. I asked for a picture of a Gartside Grub and he was kind enough to send this one. Not the best photo but Jack would have been delighted.

He also included a fishing report (always love reading those!): “…It is  really the off season for game fishing here but that delightful fish the Grayling is still in season and I am patiently awaiting an opportunity to take my friend Lord C. to fish for them on the Hodder…

One thought on “The Gartside Grub”

  1. Well now,in the UK, we are just coming into the cream of the trout season.
    I can usually rely on landing a couple of two to three pound rainbows every time I visit my nearest fishery ,just five minutes away.
    I have enjoyed catching them on a 3 wt rod with 4 at ft floater and a size 14 to 16 suspender buzzer.They are so simple to tie and I vary the amount of plastozote floatation,using more in a bigger wave.
    The takes are spectular and mostly you can cast to a particular fish. It is very hard to know which direction they will go next but you get spectacular fights o such light tackle.
    Tight lines
    Dr Bob

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