Museum Piece: A True Gartside Gurgler

The original Gurgler was all white, but Gartside has added some color and flash here.
Photo by Sara Wilcox

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is located right next to the Orvis Flagship store in Manchester, Vermont. The folks from the museum will be sharing many of the cool items from their collection in an ongoing series called “Museum Pieces.” You can take a little virtual walk through part of the museum below. Here’s some information about the fly in the photo above.

Invented by the late Jack Gartside, the Gurgler is a surface fly that can be used to catch just about every variety of saltwater fish there is. (As well as warmwater species and even trout.) This example was tied by Gartside himself, and is one of more than one hundred flies Gartside bequeathed to the museum.

Click here for Gartside’s step-by-step instructions for tying the original Gurgler.

Click here for a video lesson on tying the Gurgler, from Tightline Productions.

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5 thoughts on “Museum Piece: A True Gartside Gurgler”

  1. I was lucky enough to meet Jack at one our Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders meetings where he was a guest speaker. A unique and nice guy and a pleasure to talk with. Sadly like Warren Duncan they left too early leaving a big void in the fly fishing community.

  2. I tie the Gurgler in size 12 which I use for fishing Brook Trout here in Nova Scotia. Deadly!!

  3. I have recently (6 months ) started in on the History/tying and
    fishing the Gurgler….more fish in Illinois have put this fly on the

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