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I'm new to the site and feel a little intimidated posting such a simple fly with all the beautiful classic flies that are being posted. But this fly kind of reminds of just old Plain Vanilla. Real easy to tie, effective and beautiful in it's own simple way. Also good for trout in smaller sizes.

These are tied on an Allen size 2 and with a slightly longer tail than the original pattern called for. The body color can be changed while keeping the rest of the materials from the Ringneck Pheasant. The upper fly's body is Violet SimiSeal and the bottom one is Peacock SimiSeal.

 

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Don;t be! every pattern has its merits and this pattern seems to have many merits. I think this pattern could catch any species of game fish anywhere in the world. what a great general pattern. thanks so much for sharing these.
 

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Hey, those are some fishy looking flies there. I also find them quite beautiful, and well tied. I am especially fond of the green one (lower fly), but they both look solid and worthy of a swing.
Thanks for sharing
JB
 

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Man do those take me back! Those are killer patterns and not very widely used and that is a shame.

I was just tying with some buds the other week and was saying you can use this fluff that you pull off your feathers to make a killer pattern the Gartside Sparrow! Not one of them had ever heard of the fly.

Thanks for showing us a absolute killer fly and well tied I might add.

KC
 

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Those are some very well-tied SPARROWs. You have nothing to apologize for. And as has been mentioned, this is a fly that a large number of fly fishers have never seen, and most have never heard of.
 

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What book are you referring to??

Please advise

Nicely tied and very effective in many colors. Jack used to tie those using his GSS. I still have a few bags of that.
The Sparrow Bugger in Woolly Wisdom, pg. 196 is an excellent variation.
 
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