Jack Gartside’s soft hackle streamers must be one of the most simple but effective streamers ever devised!
Jacks original recipe:
The soft hackle streamer
- Hook: Mustad 34007 Salt Water, 3406 Fresh Water
- Tying thread: 6/0 Colour to vary
- Body: None
- Tinsel: Pearl Flashabou
- Hackle: Blood marabou wound as a hackle
- Collar: Mallard flank
- Head: Red, white or olive preferred for most colours
Jack was a brilliant innovative and creative tyer that recognized materials in the most unusual places and was the king of minimalism when it came to many of his patterns.
The soft hackle streamer had no body, all the materials where tied just behind the hook eye a bare hook. He would firstly attach the tying thread a heads length behind the hook eye and make approximately eight wraps of tying thread behind that. Then tie in a couple of strands of pearl Flashabou, on top of the hook shaft and trim to intended wing length. Select a marabou blood feather with fibres long enough for the wing. Tie in the marabou feather at the point where the lower stem of the feather starts to get narrower, at the same position as the Flashabou. Grasp the centre stem at the tip of the marabou and wrap around the hook shank, folding the fibres back with each turn. The mallard flank collar is again tied in by the stem where it begins to narrow. Then fold and wrap as a conventional wet fly hackle.
Here are a few of his original soft hackle streamers from my collection :
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