Fly Patterns

Gartside’s Fish Head (variation): White

Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource.

Fly-Tying Materials

  • Orvis SI9034 Hook (#1)
  • UTC Thread 210, White
  • UTC Monofilament, Clear (0.006)
  • Bucktail, White
  • Krystal Flash, Pearl
  • flat stick-on eyes, holographic, 1/8″
  • E-Z Body, Medium, Pearl
  • Loon UV Knot Sense

Design Inspiration & Detail

John Roetman is a well known fly-tying and fly-fishing authority in South Florida, now spending a majority of his time fishing the Treasure Coast. John will frequent various fly-fishing expos throughout the year, demonstrating his tying talent and offering a look at his latest designs/ creations.

This original pattern was tied by Jack Gartside from Boston, MA, using Grizzly hackle and having a shorter and wider head. This pattern was tied to emulate bait fish in Southern FL found throughout the Mangroves, around the docks, and in the surf. For another effective combination, use Grizzly hackle in place of White. Here’s a look at a John’s variation of Gartside’s Fish Head in Black. Both Fish Head variations John sells for $3.50. For further info on John and a look at more of his fly patterns, see Flies by John Roetman.

Target Species

This particular fly was designed to attract Snook – Jacks, Blues, Ladyfish, Albacore, Snapper and many other species will also take the fly.

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