Over the weekend Boston fly fishing legend Jack Gartside passed away at the age of 66. You can read the full Boston Globe obituary here.
A devotee of trout fishing, Mr. Gartside spent so much time fishing in and near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming that for a while his car was registered in Montana.
Then, he logged so many hours in the salt water around Boston that his writings about the best locations became indispensable to those who want to fish the harbor.
“I’ve fished with some of the greats, and Jack was as good, if not better, than anyone I’ve fished with,” said Dave Skok, a Winthrop neighbor and fly-fishing ambassador for the Patagonia clothing and gear company. “The same goes for his fly-tying. His flies were exquisite, and his casting and fishing style was precise and graceful. And he was tall and lanky, so he kind of looked like a heron. He didn’t just act like one.”
Gartside was well known throughout the fly fishing circles, and especially around Boston. He was known for having created one of the truly great striper flies, the Gartside Gurgler, which is a mainstay of every New Englander’s saltwater kit.
Here is Jack Gartside himself tying Gartside’s Secret Sand Eel as filmed by The Herald News of Fall River.
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