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The Dally Gartside
by Jaiem Fleischmann

The Gartside style of tying, originated by the legendary Jack Gartside, is a highly versatile design. The pattern moves water effectively while the sleek shape helps it to cast a respectable distance. I have found the Dally pattern to work very well at imitating medium-sized baitfish, such as larger spearing, smelt, sardines, finger mullet, and tinker mackerel. It can be fished day or night, shallow or deep. I usually fish the pattern using a moderate, steady hand-over-hand retrieve. Some other color combinations I like to use are white & chartreuse hackle (no grizzly) with a chartreuse collar, white hackle and a red collar, and, for dark nights, all black (hackle, collar and tubing) with red eyes.

  • Hook: Mustad 34007SS 2/0 thru 4/0
  • Tail: White saddle hackle, natural grizzly hackle
  • Collar: White marabou
  • Body: 1.5-inch diameter white Corsair tubing
  • Flash: White Krystal Flash
  • Thread: Flat wax white, fine mono
  • Eyes: Size 3 black on silver stick-on
  • Misc: Head cement, 5-minute epoxy, permanent black marker, 2 inches of 30-pound-test clear mono


1. Cut a section of Corsair tubing approximately one and one-half times longer than the hook shank. Set it aside for now.

2. Secure one end of the 30-pound-test monofilament line on the far side of the hook shank at the bend. Bring the other end of the mono around behind the hook and secure it to the close side of the shank, forming a about a one-half inch loop behind the bend. This acts as a "spring" to support the tail hackles.

3. Remove the fluffy base fibers from four white hackles and tie them at the bend of the hook. Allow the feathers to lay over the mono loop so that the loop supports them.

4. Add a single grizzly hackle to both sides of the white hackle tail. This gives the pattern a scaled and variegated appearance.

5. Lay four or five strands of white Krystal Flash along both sides of the tail.

6. Tie one end of a Marabou feather just forward of the hackles and Palmer wrap the Marabou around the shank forward. Keep the Palmer wraps as close together as possible in order to form a tight collar. You're not using the Palmer wrap in the traditional style, but forming a collar which will lay back about one-third of the way over the hackle tail when the pattern is ompleted.

7. Work the thread about half the way to the hook eye. Slip the Corsair tubing that you cut in Step #1 over the hook eye and back to the bend. Secure the tube end closest to the bend about half way along the shank. Make sure that the tubing's built-in thread line is horizontal along both sides of the hook. Secure with several half-hitches and coat the thread wraps with head cement.

8. When the cement is dry, push the Corsair back, doubling over itself on the shank. This is a sort of reverse popper effect, giving the body a slider shape. Push the tubing back far enough to the bend so that the marabou flows out and around the hackle tail.

9. Attach the mono tying thread behind the hook eye and tie-in the open end of the tubing. Trim the excess tubing, whip finish, and coat with head cement. 10. Use a black, permanent marker to carefully apply a thin black line to the two cotton threads that are woven into Corsair mesh. The thread will absorb the marker's ink, giving lateral lines to the pattern.

11. Place the molded, stick-on eyes on both sides of the head, and coat the head with a 5-minute epoxy to just behind the eyes. Don't epoxy the entire tube! Depending upon the set-up time of your epoxy, and the room temperature, you may have to place the pattern on a drying wheel. Let it cure thoroughly and you're done.

Jaiem Fleischmann is a long-time member of the Salty Flyrodders of New York and a professional tyer whose patterns are available through his unique fly rodders' Internet website -- -- that includes original angling art and books.
Jack Gartside has a new book for 2000, "Scratching The Surface -- Strange But True Tales & Techniques" -- and his "The Fly Fisherman's Guide to Boston Harbor" is due out in the spring. Those books and others, as well as original pattern selections, are available only from Jack. For a brochure and order form, contact Jack Gartside, 10 Sachem St., Boston, MA 02120 (Telephone: 617-277-5831; E-mail:

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