Gartside Sparrow by Steve Yates/Flyman
Hook: Mustad 9671 sz 6
Thread: Rusty Brown Uni 6/0
Tail: Pheasant of grizzly rump marabou feather
Body: SLF Golden Stone
Hackle: Pheasant rump hackle
Head: Pheasant after shaft feathers
I had another fly picked out for the journal this month but with the recent passing of Jack Gartside I thought one of Jack’s flies might be fitting. Jack was a larger than life type of person who was filled with a love for life and stories about his exploits abound. Lefty Kreh is said to have once said about Jack “his paint don’t dry”. One only needs to look at his list of accomplishments as a fly tier, fisherman, and author to see he was someone very special.
When Jack came up with the Sparrow he was looking for an impressionistic fly that would combine some of the common features of both insect and baitfish. While camping on the Madison one summer he came up with the combination of materials for the Sparrow from what he had on hand, mainly feathers from a Pheasant skin. Gartside was famous for his use of several of the many types of feathers found on a Pheasant skin. Legend has it that when a friend first saw a pile of the newly-tied flies he said they looked like a flock of sparrows.