Fly of the Month
Jack Gartside created the Gurgler pattern some 20+ years ago, and since its inception there have been hundreds of other variations that have proved successful for both fresh and saltwater applications. Jack first introduced this fly while trying to convince laid up Tarpon and Redfish to take a Crab Pattern. At first this pattern was tied extremely bulky to imitate the bulk of the crabs he was trying to imitate but as the years progressed he refined his pattern to more or less imitate small bait fish and shrimp. The interesting aspect of the Gurgler is that it was originally introduced with a Marabou tail instead of the traditional dear hair tail. By switching to buck tail Jack was able to remove most of the bulk in the fly which allowed him to present the pattern more softly in the water.
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When most fly anglers consider using the Gurgler they more or less tend to use this pattern when spot casting for Speckled Trout. The fact that this fly makes plenty of noise and does a great job of disturbing the water is probably the main reason for choosing this fly, but some anglers still don’t realize how deadly this fly is when targeting Redfish in extremely shallow water.
Think about this: The basic purpose of this fly is to fish extremely shallow waters and get the attention of feeding fish. Considering that most of the Redfishing that occurs along the
The Gurgler is a very easy fly to tie and with so many variations proving successful fly anglers should have no problem finding a size or color combination that could lead to your next hook up. If you are interested in watching a few styles being tied or if you’re in need of materials to tie your next trophy fly feel free to swing on by the Nature Coast Fly Shop in
Hook: Mustad 34011, size 4, 2, 1
Step 1: Cut a strip of foam that measures 1/2" to 5/8" wide.
Step 2: Start your thread right behind the eye of the hook and lay down a thread base on the shank of the hook of approximately half of the shank of the hook.
Step 3: Tie the buck tail hairs at the position where you stopped the thread.
Step 4: Lay the foam over the top of the hook shank. Leave some between the tip of the foam and the back of the eye of the hook. Where you tied in your tail make a wrap around the foam and pull the thread tight but not so tight as to break the thread. Now make several more wraps around the foam at the same location
Step 5: With your thread make 5 distinct and evenly spaced segments, cupping the foam around the hook as you wind the thread forward. At the spots where you have made the segments with your thread make sure that you wrap that particular area more than once with your thread. On the last segment, make sure that you wrap down the tip of the foam with your thread.
Step 6: Wind your thread back to the rear where you put in the first segment by wrapping your thread in between the segments.
Step 7: Wrap in your Pearl Estaz covering the exposed foam.
Step 8: Bring the foam forward over the top of the body and tie down securely just behind the eye of the hook.
Step 9: Trim the lip to the desired length and whip finishing. Trimming the lip can be done in various ways. The usual way is just a simple cut. You may want to round the corners.