Thursday, December 10, 2009

Vagabond fly angler Jack Gartside, 66, dies

Jack Gartside died on Saturday.

Lung cancer took this fabled vagabond of fly fishing.

Gartside was 66.

He lived a life than most of us wished we could live -- if only we had the guts. He was footloose and fancy free. The zany Gartside drove a cab part-time so that he could leave on an exotic fishing trip on a whim.

He was one of the world's most innovatire fly tyers. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and taught high school English for a few years.
Among his famous fly patterns is the Gartside Gurgler (above), a brilliant topwater creation that has served fly anglers well over the years. I recently took a 28-inch tailing red on a Gurgle.

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