Gartside Soft Hackle Nymph
There are three fly tyers that make it into my Hall of Fame and not in this order - Polly Rosborough, the author of Tying and Fishing the Fuzzy Nymphs , John Betts, a pioneer in the use of synthetic materials and Massachusetts son Jack Gartside.
I was having lunch with friend Brad when I asked how his morning went on the Swift. " Took six bows on a Gartside Soft Hackle Streamer". Whenever I hear the name Jack Gartside I get triggered to spend the next day at the vise working up, or attempting to work up, some of his creations. It was about 30 years ago that I tied a few of his marabou streamers for Merrimack stripers. "These powder puffs will never work" I thought. After a few hours I had the triple crown, a striper (many), a bluefish (many) and a shad (only one). Today 90% of my streamers are marabou!!
My favorite is the Gartside Soft Hackle Nymph because it just looks so buggy, uses natural materials and is easy to tie.
Hook - size 8 to 12 nymph hook
Weight - non lead wire
Thread - 6/0 and the color of your choice
Tail - a tuft of brown marabou
Body - tan rabbit dubbing with a flashabou rib
Hackle - oversized partridge hackle
Head - brown ostrich
It's a stonefly, it's a leach, It's a crayfish, it's a damsel fly. It's everything. Years ago I used to fish Wachusett Reservoir with a sinking line and this fly and always catch smallies.
River Update (8:00am 7/8/20) And an open note to the DFW
Millers - 125 cfs( fishable in the evening)
EB - 64 cfs (pray for rain)
Swift - 112 cfs yesterday it went from 45 to 144 in the morning and now it's dropping again. They electroshocked on Monday and I heard they plan to do it again this week.(Note:they did on 7/8) That begs the question WHY????? You know the fish are there and you're not doing them, or anglers, any favor.. In one week this river has had its flow increased twice, decreased twice and now electroshocked (twice). If this is worthwhile then tell us why and tell us the results of last years science experiments!