Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer – streamer fly tying

Paying my respect to a true master of fly tying and flyfishing, the late great Jack Gartside. If I had to choose just one streamer fly for the rest of my days of fishing, Jack’s Soft Hackle Streamer would come out on top. You can wrap up a dozen of these in an hour and they will catch just about any predator out there. In this video I tie Jack’s original version and a variation with jungle cock sides instead of a mallard hackle.

Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer

Hook: Ahrex PR320 Predator Stinger #1

Tread: Black UTC 140

Tail: Midge Crystal Flash, Silver

Body hackles: Marabou (Blood Quill) Fl. White and Peacock Blue

Front: Teal Flank Natural or as an alternative: Pro Sportfisher Jungle Cock Sub.

Important tying tip: The main material is blood quill marabou, which combines volume with a spey-like character. It’s important that all feathers in a soft hackle streamer are tied in by the butt end – not the tip.

Read more about the Soft Hackle Streamer on this link:… And watch another version, where I combine marabou and schlappen hackle on this:… I tie this in many different color combinations. What is your favourite color combo for a Soft Hackle Streamer?


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