Gartside Gurgler

Gartside Gurgler

Gartside Gurgler
Gartside Gurgler (feathered)

The Gurgler Fly Pattern is a floating fly that spits and “gurgles” when stripped, and is designed to imitate everything from shrimp to baitfish and a frog for bass.

Invented by the late Jack Gartside, the Gurger is a simple and very effective fly to tie, and the tying technique has even been incorporated into mouse flies for trout.

It can be tied in many different colours and sizes. White, Tan, Shrimp, Chartreuse and Olive are favourites among many fishing guides in both the salt and freshwater.

The Gurgler Fly Pattern

Gurgler Fly Tying Recipe

  • Hook:     #04-2/0 Tiemco 811S or Mustard 34007
  • Thread:   Red UTC 140
  • Tail:         White Bucktail or Neer Hair or EP Fibres
  • Flash:      Pearl Crystal Flash
  • Body 1:    Pearl Ice Chenille
  • Body 2:    Grizzly or White Hackle
  • Casing:    White Foam 3 to 4mm thick, 10 – 12mm wide
"The Gartside Gurgler may well be the most popular and successful surface fly designed in recent years, used by anglers all over the world to land a wide variety of sport fish. As with many popular patterns, fly-tier's often make their own adaptations to original patterns and variations abound, but this is the ORIGINAL Gartside Gurgler, as I first tied it more than twenty years ago."
How to tie and fish the Gartside Gurgler
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Make sure you watch this video to get a better understanding of how to fish and how to tie the gurgler.
Tarpon gurgler
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Here is a great video on the Tarpon Gurgler – great fishing

Tying the Gartside Gurgler - intheriffle.com
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Jack Gartside's Double Gurgler
Jack Gartside's Double Gurgler
JOS Gurgler
JOS Gurgler
The First Official Hastings Fly Fishers Fly by John O’Shaughnessy
Vince Margossian's Diving Gurgler