Official site of Jack Gartside, renowned fly fishing author and fly tyer. Tactics and flies for striped bass, trout, tarpon, bonefish, salmon, bass, bluefish, snook, and permit. Pattern recipes, blog, photo gallery and more.

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Tying Materials...

Fly Comb - Stainless Steel

Fly Comb - Stainless Steel For times when you need a stiffer comb, such as combing out underfur or deer hair heads. This high-quality stainless steel comb may last you a lifetime.

Bucktails, Freshwater

Bucktails, Freshwater These are great first quality bucktails, not quite so long as my saltwater tails, with fibers 3 to 4 inches long.

Coyote Tails, Jumbo

Coyote Tails, Jumbo Beautiful, large American coyote tails about 18 inches long. The guard hairs vary in color from cream to tan to silver to black and make excellent tails and streamer wings. Try them in place of bucktail on Clousers, bonefish flies, and other patterns. The natural salt and pepper fibers are also well-suited to lobster, crab, and crayfish imitations. The scruffy gray underfur makes great dubbing for sub-surface flies.

Fox Tails, Premium American Red

Fox Tails, Premium American Red Beautiful large American Red Fox tails. Each tail is sixteen to twenty inches long and includes the tip--enough tail to keep you tying for a long, long time!

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Striper StrategiesStriper Strategies (2nd edition)

At last! The long-awaited second edition of Striper Strategies is now available, just in time for the holidays! This new edition features over 50 additional pages, new fly dressings, new photographs, and a full color cover.

Fly Patterns for the Adventurous TyerFly Patterns for the Adventurous Tyer (4th edition)

This book contains all of Jack's best-known fresh water patterns. The Sparrow, Gartside Pheasant Hopper, Soft Hackle Streamer, CPF and Firefly mayflies and caddis, the Gurgler (with 20 variations!), and many more unusual and innovative designs to challenge the tyer and to entice the fish.

Original Salt Water Fly PatternsOriginal Salt Water Fly Patterns (4th edition)

Original and effective salt water fly patterns for striped bass, bluefish, bonefish, tarpon, permit, redfish, sea trout, snook, and other salt water species. Contains all of my best-known salt water patterns such as the Gartside Sand Eel, the Gurgler, the Floating Minnow, the BeastMaster, the FishHead, the BeastMaster General, and the Soft Hackle Streamer.

Secret FliesSecret Flies

Secret Flies for Fresh and Salt Water reveals revolutionary and exquisitely simple fly tying techniques I've developed for use with Gartside's Secret Stuff. Gartside's Secret Stuff (GSS for short) is a unique tying material that lets you create unusual and beautiful flies that combine realism and action. Over 50 patterns and ideas and inspiration for hundreds more.

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Recent Articles

A Christmas Present from the Queen

Read A Christmas Present from the QueenA holiday piece from Jack we like to revisit each December. Here's wishing you and yours good tidings, good fishing, and a happy new year.

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Permit Me

Read Permit MeWith winter coming, it's time to start thinking of places where warm winds blow over sunlit flats. This piece, one of the few Jack wrote about permit, appeared in his 1989 "A Catalog and Miscelleny".

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Tying the Aleph

Read Tying the AlephThe Aleph may or may not look like anything in nature but it certainly attracts fish.

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Applying Fabric Paint Eyes to Flies

Read Applying Fabric Paint Eyes to FliesFor painting eyes on my flies I use fabric paint. It's a simple process. Here's how I go about it...

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Gurgler Fishing in Salt Water and Fresh

Read Gurgler Fishing in Salt Water and FreshIn this article I explore some of the techniques I use when fishing gurglers for striped bass, largemouth bass and trout.

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Striped Bass from the Start

Read Striped Bass from the StartNow that striper season is upon us, here are a few suggestions for those of you might be saying to yourself, "I have all the gear and the get-up-and-go. But where do I begin?

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A Look at the Season Past

Read A Look at the Season Past2007 was the best year for striped bass I've ever had. Here's some of the flavor of the past season.

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Fall Striper Strategies

Read Fall Striper StrategiesFall is here and the fish are on the move. It's a season that many striper fishermen live for, when the fish are jumpin' and the catchin' is high.

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Early Season Striper Strategies

Read Early Season Striper StrategiesSpring is here and with it the striped bass. Here are strategies and tips to help you make the most of the first third of the season.

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The Soft Hackle Wet Fly: Back to Basics

Read The Soft Hackle Wet Fly: Back to BasicsThere is beauty in simplicity and the traditional soft-hackle wet fly is quite simply, beautiful. In its bareness, in the liveliness of its soft hackle fibers it suggests all that seems necessary to tempt fish.

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