The late Jack Gartside created quite a number of fly patterns during his long fly tying and fly fishing career. Jack’s Soft Hackle streamer is a one of his most popular and earlier fly patterns. The Soft Hackle Streamer has been adapted for targeting a number of sportfish species. These include bass, pike, snook, baby tarpon, trout, striped bass, steelhead, and Atlantic Salmon to name a few.
The fly can be tied for either saltwater or freshwater. Choose hooks based on where you plan to fish the pattern, and for the species you want to target. The colors selected should also be tailored for the specific species. The fly is tied similar to the famous Alaskabou or Popsicle fly designed by west coaster George Cook, but there are a few differences in the fly patterns. The Gartside fly is tied with a front hackle of water fowl and the marabou is tied in butt first.
The marabou is an excellent choice of material and imparts a lot of life and action to the fly when it hits the water.
Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer fly pattern recipe
Hook: Paxima Iseama #2 (14)
Thread: Dark olive 6/0
Tail: 5-10 strands silver Flashabou doubled
1st collar: Olive marabou
2nd collar: Tan marabou
3rd collar: Lemon wood duck flank
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The Copper Bunny streamer looks like a promising pattern for fishing trout rivers and pike lakes. This meaty streamer will ride hook up and the weighted eyes and body will help the fly descend to the feeding depths in short order. The pattern should be easy enough to switch up the colors to create a range of lures for different situations. White, olives, all black, and combinations should cover the bases.
Copper Bunny Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe
Thread: GSP 100 Veevus – Black
Hook: Firehole Stick 839 – size 4
Weight: .025 Lead or Lead-Free Wire
Eyes: Large Double Pupil Brass Eyes
Tail: Magnum Bunny Strip – Black
Under Tail: Ripple Ice Fiber – Orange
Body: Senyo’s Fusion Dub – Crusty Nail/Flame
Legs: Sili Legs Crome – Copper/Black
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This unconventional dry fly was designed by Michigan guide Earl Madsen. It’s a fly designed to mimic a hex or brown drake hatch. The fly is pretty big, but the heavy application of hackle and the poly body should keep this floating pretty well.
Hairy Drake Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: 2xl dry fly hook
Thread: Yellow 3/0
Post: White deer hair
Tail: gray squirrel tail
Rib: Brown dry fly saddle
Body: Yellow yarn or polypropylene
Hackle: Grizzly and brown hackle
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