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 Bruiser Bugger is the latest creation from Cheech and Curtis of Fly Fish Food. The pattern is fairly straight forward and incorporates elements from some of the hundreds of Woolly Bugger variations that have evolved since it’s inception by Russel Blessing (1935-2009) as a bass fly.
Silicone legs are one of my new favourite materials to tie with and I’ve replaced all of my rubber leg materials with them. Rubber tends to deteriorate in a short time, so if you have a habit of tying in bulk and stocking your box, by the time you get around to fishing with the rubber legged flies, the rubber may be brittle. I’ve had this happen in a few months in the past and more or less stopped using rubber.
And I almost forgot, be sure to mark up the fly so you don’t miss out on that extra 37% catch rate.
Bruiser Bugger by Fly Fish Food fly pattern recipe
Hook: Daiichi 2461 #2
Thread: Veevus GSP 50 denier
Eyes: Hareline Double Pupil Eyes – Large Yellow/White & Black
Tail: Prime Marabou yellow and brown (rootbeer)
Body: Cactus Chenille Rootbeer
Hackle: Hackle Yellow
Legs: Silicon Streamer Legs
Head: Ice Dub Pheasant Tail
Overwing: Bruiser Blend dubbing Canary
You can find materials and check out other variations of the fly on FlyFishFood.com
You can subscribe to Curtis Fly and Fly Fish Food on Youtube and visit Fly Fish Food for more info on the pattern and materials to tie a few up.
Season 2 Episode 2 of Fly Shop of the Bighorns video series is now online and features author and pro tyer Rich Strolis tying his Masked Avenger articulated streamer pattern. The Masked Avenger is tied in 3 sections giving the pattern two points of articulation and the potential for an insane amount of movement in the water. The video isn’t typical of the how to videos you might be used to seeing, but if you have some intermediate knowledge of fly tying, it should be easy to follow, but there ae a couple spots, like the reverse tied arctic fox collar(s) that might trip you up. Practice the fly a few times and you’ll be a pro in no time.
If you haven’t already checked out Rich’s new book, Catching Shadows, I highly recomed doing so and discovering 20 killer patterns for the rivers this season.
Masked Avenger Fly Pattern Recipe
Rear Hook: Gamakatsu SP11-3L3H or Partridge Universal Predator Size 1
Thread: Veevus 140 Power Thread
Flash: Cascade Crest Krinkle Flash
Body: Cascade Crest Mirror Wrap
Wing: Reverse Tied Arctic Fox Tail
Shank: Flymen Fishing Articulated Shank or Partridge Predator Shank Size 20mm
Body: Cascade Crest Mirror Wrap
Wing: Reverse tied Arctic fox tail
Connection: 19 Strand Beadalon 1 lure bead
Front hook: Gamakatsu B10s size 1 or Partridge Attitude Extra size 2/0
Collar: Palmered Marabou
Body: Mirror Wrap
Throat: EP 1.5″ foxy brush color red
Wing: Reverse Tied Arctic Fox tail
Front Collar: EP 3″ Foxy Brush Color Black
Top: Speckled Flashabou
Head: Fish Skull Fish Mask size 6
Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes size 6
You can follow Zach Andres on vimeo and catch up on the first season of the show. You can also check out Rich’s latest fly tying videos on his Vimeo channel as well.