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The flies on this page are all Gartside originals, designed by Jack. When he was alive each fly Jack sold he tied himself, to order. With his passing his flies are sadly no longer available for sale. What remains and what you'll find here is his porfolio, hopefully to encourage and inspire both current and future tyers. As time and information allows, we'll expand these listings with dressings and notes.

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  • Bonefish
    and Permit
  • Northeast
    Gamefish
  • Surface

  • Tarpon Snook
    Redfish Seatrout
  • Traditional

  • Worms, Shrimp
    and Crabs

While designed for the Big Four of northeast salt water gamefish, the streamers in this section work for many other species as well—tarpon, snook, jacks, sea trout—you name it, these patterns have caught it.

Corsair and FishHead Flies

These flies seem to swim on their own. Just right when the fish are more selective than usual.

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Blueback Herring FishHead

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Bucktail FishHead

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Cape Cod Sand Eel

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Corsair Minnow

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Corsair Minnow, Bearded

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Corsair Sand Eel

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Corsair Silversides

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Featherwing FishHead

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FishHead Sand Eel

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FishHead Wiggle Eel

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Gray Smelt FishHead Streamer

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Mackerel FishHead

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Marabou FishHead

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Rabbit-Strip FishHead

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Saddle-Wing FishHead

 

GSS Flies

Patterns developed using GSS — Gartside's Secret Stuff. These unique flies combine realism and action to tempt the finickiest fish.

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Large Ocean Sand Eel, GSS

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Secret Baby Baitfish

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Secret Baby Bunker

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Secret Bucktail

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Secret Minnow

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Secret Sand Eel

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Secret Silversides

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Secret Skinny Minnie

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Secret Soft Hackle Sand Eel

   

Soft Hackle Flies

Hackles of blood marabou give these flies their tantalizing action. Great for "searching" and dead-drifting. The BeastMaster General is the big fish fly.

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All-American BeastMaster

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All-American BeastMaster General

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Baby Bunker Gurgler

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Baby Bunker Soft Hackle Streamer

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Beastmaster General

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Chartreuse and Grizzly Special

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Depth Charger Soft Hackle Deceiver

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Flatwing Eel Fly, Deerhair Head

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Herring Charger

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Herring Master

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Large Ocean Sand Eel

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Muddled Soft Hackle Deceiver

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New Wave Soft Hackle Deceiver

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Secret Soft Hackle Deceiver

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Secret Soft Hackle Streamer

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Skinny Minnie

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Soft Hackle Deceiver

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Soft Hackle Eel Fly

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Soft Hackle Flatwing Streamer

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Soft Hackle Streamer

The Gurgler has established a place as one of the the most popular and effective surface commotion patterns the world over. It has caught everything from bluegill to bonefish to dorado, although naturally it's most popular for species known to relish topwater lures. Here is the original Gurgler, along with numerous variations I've developed over the years—all proven fish-catchers and among the funnest flies you'll ever fish. Here as well are several other salt water floating flies that have proven their effectiveness over the years.

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Albie/Bonito Gurgler

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All-American Gurgler

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Baby Bunker Gurgler

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Bastard Gurgler

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Crab Gurgler

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Eel Gurgler

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Flatwing Gurgler

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Flatwing Slider

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Floating Crab

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Floating Minnow

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Floating Minnow, Multi-colored

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Floating Sand Eel

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Furgler

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Gartside Double Gurgler

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Gartside Double Gurgler, Marabou Tail

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Gartside Double Gurgler, Weedless

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Gartside Gurgler

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Gartside Gurgler, Marabou Tail

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Gartside Gurgler, Weedless

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Gizzard Gurgler

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Herring Gurgler

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Herring Slider

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Lollipop Gurgler

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Mackerel Gurgler

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Mel Harris Gurgler

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Mystery Gurgler

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Sand Eel Gurgler

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Shrimp Gurgler

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Shrimp Gurgler, Weedless

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Silversides Flatwing Gurgler

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Soft Hackle Gurgler

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Squid Gurgler

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Striper Sniper

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Striper Sniper, Marabou Tail

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Wiggle Worm Gurgler

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Wiggle Worm Slider

Patterns that continue to prove their effectiveness year after year.

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Anchovy Beauty

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Bucktail Beauty

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Bucktail Beauty, Jungle Cock

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Silver Fox Streamer

A variety of highly effective imitations of fish food commonly found in estuaries and on flats.

Note: You can find additional worm, shrimp, and crab patterns listed in the Surface Flies and Bonefish and Permit Flie categories.

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Blue Crab

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Calico Crab

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Cinder Worm

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Cinder Worm Gurgler

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Cinder Worm Hottie

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Crab Monster

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Crystal Shrimpie

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Redfish Worm

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Sassy Dab Baby Flounder

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White Sand Crab

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Wiggle Worm

 
 

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