Category Archives: Bass Flies

The Sparrow

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.

Sparrow Fly

The Sparrow – Click here for a step by step tutorial and video (requires real player)

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.


Pink Matuka Spey

Here is a nice spey style Matuka fly by Ontario guide Ken Chandler. I like the use of the rabbit as the back material, and I can see already a number of versions I could tie this up in. Olives, black, orange, purple, yum. The step by step tutorial is well done and easy to follow. If you happen to tie up a few, post em.

Pink Matuka Spey


3 PE(I) Flies

The PEI fly or Prince Edward as it was originally know uses red ibis in the wing, but because Red Ibis is not a readily accessible material, hen saddle makes a good substitute. Now, I’m not using French Hens, but actually I use the Chinese Hen. They have a beautiful shape to the feather, and sit nicely on top of the hook shank for this application. The name of the fly is a bit confusing, while some texts refer to the fly simply as the PE Fly, it is also seen as the PEI fly in others.

On the third day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

P.E.I. Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad 3399 or Tiemco 700 (blind hook with gut eye may also be used)
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0 Red
Tag: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Body: Light Yellow Floss
Rib: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Beard: Brown Neck Hackle
Wing: Red Ibis or Red Chinese Hen Saddle


Here is the fly featured on the 2005 Canadian stamp series. The fly was tied by Newfoundland’s Rob Solo.


I also created a little step by step tutorial of this fly. Click here to view the SBS of the PEI Fly