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    turbineblade Guest

    Default Gartside sparrow

    Hi - anyone regularly use this pattern for their fishing? I have a lot of pheasant "marabou" from some hunting this last Christmas. This looks like an interesting and easy pattern that supposedly can be put to use in several different ways.

    Just wondering if anyone has had success with it -- thanks!

    Just going to add: I like Gartside's patterns and would love to know more about them. Is his technique of palmering marabou something he came up with? If so, the popsicle fly would probably owe its origins to him right?
    Last edited by turbineblade; 02-09-2013 at 07:44 PM.

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    Default Re: Gartside sparrow

    I was a big fan of Jack's and the sparrow was his first "famous" fly, at least that was his first that I ever hear of.
    It's cheap and easy to tie. It has lots of action and is representative of sculpin, nymphs, hoppers... what ever. A typical Gartside fly.

    Palmering marabou my not be an original thought, but he's very specific on how it should be done on his original flies.
    I have a copy of one of Jack's self-published booklets on his soft hackle streamer, and he goes into great detail on how to do it correctly.
    In case you've never tried the soft hackle streamer.....they look so simple in the vice, but they're amazingly realistic in the water !
    You need to try one.
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    Default Re: Gartside sparrow

    I was just checking out his site and there are definite must tie patterns there the Sparrow is on the list along with his soft hackle deceiver.
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    Great pattern, Have used it in all different sizes.

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    turbineblade Guest

    Default Re: Gartside sparrow

    I was just checking out his site and there are definite must tie patterns there the Sparrow is on the list along with his soft hackle deceiver.
    There are must tie patterns but you had to check to remember what they were? Just giving you a hard time -- j/k.

    The sparrow is super easy to tie -- seems like a good use for marabou feathers. I'll look at those soft hackle streamers as well. Thanks!

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