A creation from the vise of Jack Gartside, the sparrow is a simple little fly that is useful in helping to fully consume a ringneck pheasant skin. Jack is well known for his guide to using pheasant feathers and if you have a pheasant skin, this is a must read. The fly is said to work effectively for smallmouth bass, steelhead in the great lakes region, trout of all types and pan fish. It’s a hybrid of several tying styles, nymph, soft hackle and streamer but perhaps this is where the strength of the pattern lies.
Hook – Mustad Signature Series CS53 4-14
Thread – Brown 6/0
Tail – Ringneck pheasant “marabou” rump feather.
Body – Dubbed mixture of red fox squirrel body fur and rusty orange Antron.
Hackle – One wrap of well marked ringneck pheasant cape feather
Head – One or two ringneck pheasant filo-plume feathers.