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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

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Red Butt Chironomid by Piscator Flies

The Red Butt Chironomid is a great choice for fishing stocked trout ponds, lakes and even deep pockets of rivers where trout hang out. The fly is pretty simple to tie, using 2 different colors of thread. You can use other materials to create the body, but the thread keeps the body of the fly slim. You can also use a UV resin to coat the body to really beef up the durability.

Red Butt Chironomid fly pattern recipe

Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: Black brass or tungsten
Thread: Red 6/0
Breathers: Midge Gill
Butt: Red 6/0 thread
Body: Black 6/0 thread
Ribbing: Fine copper wire
Thorax: Peacock herl

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Purple Steelhead Matuka by Piscator Flies

The Steelhead Matuka is an adaptation of the New Zealand method of Matuka flies. The traditional Matukas use feathers for the wing, but the steelhead version uses a rabbit strip. While the pattern has been developed as a “steelhead” fly, I think it will make a great fly to use in pursuit of other trout, salmon, pike, and bass.

Steelhead Matuka Fly Recipe

Hook: #1/0 Superfly Salmon hook HKSHW
Thread: 6/0 black
Rib: Black Brassie wire
Body: Purple and black Laser Dubbing
Wing: Rabbit zonker
Collar: Purple schlappen

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