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…

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One Response to The Gartside Grub

  1. robert gartside says:

    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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