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Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer tied by Darren MacEachern

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

Sources

Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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Sweet Swimming Flies

Flies or lures? These straddle the line I think, but they have some unbelievable action in the water. The Frog, water dog and crayfish all look like some killer bass / pike flies. I give kudos to Emerge for going the extra mile to produce the video’s to showcase their flies. All tied on jig hooks for an interesting action on the retreive.

Schiel’s Deep Swimming Frog

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Schiel’s Sugar Daddy Craw

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Schiel’s Mad Mud Dog Salamander

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The Banger

I’ve been gearing up to go chase Musky, Gar and pike, so I’ve been on the prowl for some BAF for snot rockets and tigers. I found a wealth of knowledge and patterns over at Simon Graham’s site Pike Fly Fishing Articles. This pattern really caught my eye, and I have some plans to add a Fish Skull to this little fly. I’d love to post it, but I think this one will best be saved for my next article in Fly Fusion Magazine. I think this would be a killer fly in black as well for the pike I’ve been targeting.

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