I was saddened to learn about the passing of Jack Gartside over the weekend. Jack was an iconic fly fisherman and fly tier. He had an incredible sense of humor and was always a pleasure to chat with at area fly shows. Some of the patterns he developed are staples in many of our fly boxes. I can't count the number of fish from trout to stripers that have fallen for his simple Gurgler pattern. Jack had been battling cancer for some time now but always remained optimistic. I hope he's in a better place now.
Jack Gartside 1942-2009