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: Jack Gartside

11-25-2008, 11:04 AM
I'm sure you guys already know about this, but the other day I received an email from Jack Gartside's site saying he was having a spot of bother with that 'C' disease.
He's back home now but has had one lot of chemo with more to follow as well as some radiation treatment. I emailed him my best wishes and hoped he would be out fishing again soon and have already had a reply back, so he is keeping busy.

11-26-2008, 07:21 AM
Stevo, thanks for the update. What an icon in the industry, from Boston taxi driver to one of our most creative flytyers and authors. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Incidentally, how was your bass season in the UK this year?

The British contingent on the cape this year was meager in contrast to previous years. The Squire wasn't the same this year without the Poms.

11-26-2008, 08:20 AM
My purchasing of a boat kept me from your shores this year, Jim, but on the plus side it did help me catch a new English 'PB' at 12lb 1oz (33")...


Also quite a few others - all around the 30 to 31" mark...




Silas and me with a double hook-up - both fish weighed around 9lbs (31")

11-26-2008, 12:57 PM
When I think of fly tyers who thought totally "out of the box" I think of John Betts and Jack Gartside! I'm putting some good thoughts in the air for him and am looking forward to seeing more creative ideas from him that will make me say "what a great idea".


11-26-2008, 01:04 PM
Nice! You and Silas have definitely got that fishery dialed in. Unless you have seen an upsurge in the population, I would imagine you have to leave and return from your UDLs under the cover of darkness, or have a flotilla in tow.

Hope to see you both next year on the Cape, but with the dollar appreciating against the pound, I understand if you don't make it. Our fishery/locations changed this year, but the fish are still here.

11-27-2008, 12:03 PM
My purchasing of a boat kept me from your shores this year, Jim, but on the plus side it did help me catch a new English 'PB' at 12lb 1oz (33")...

Stevo - what's a PB?

11-27-2008, 01:29 PM
PB = personal best .

apart from the few larger fish caught by Silas, Steve's fish are probably the biggest bass caught on the fly in UK waters.

I still keep my ear to the ground over there, and i've not seen any caught over 9lbs on the fly.

sadly the UK bass population has not upsurged, the catches are more a result of two very good and hard working anglers expanding the boundaries.

Steve - you two really should get some of this action on film one day. AEG media would probably buy it for one :wink:


11-27-2008, 09:55 PM
My purchasing of a boat kept me from your shores this year, Jim, but on the plus side it did help me catch a new English 'PB' at 12lb 1oz (33")...

Stevo - what happened to the stripes?

Mike Oliver
11-28-2008, 08:41 AM
OK what Steve and Silas achieved is the equivalent of a USA Fisher catching a 60LB Striper. Our avergae sized fish is 1.25 lb in weight. Our min landing size is all of 36cm. No limits on numbers. Our uk record bass is about 20lb. A 10lb fish is considered a fish of a life time. The two guys have found a mark and worked out how to tackle it with fly rods. Our bigger Bass tend to be more offshore than Stripers but this is by far the biggest angling feat for a long time in the UK salt scene. On bait it would be remarkable but fly well, practically unbelievable.

The Uk bass fishery is done. I could never invite anyone over from the USA it would be too embarrassing. Msot days would be a skunk and catching days minute fish.


11-28-2008, 09:12 AM
Stevo - what happened to the stripes?

Cool looking ain't they? :smokin: