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Here's my spin on the Gurgler. The Gurgler is the first fly I learned to tie. I don't know how many I've tied, but every one of them were fun to tie. Tonight I decided to add a rattle. We'll see how well it floats. Now I just need to figure out how to make it Walk the Dog.





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The Gurgler was one of the late Jack Gartside's best flies (and he created a lot of good patterns). He died almost 3 years ago after leading a life that revolved around his p***ion for fishing!

If you care to, you might enjoy surfing around the jackgartside.com website. In addition to the gurgler video, take a look at the "soft hackle streamer" video on http://www.jackgartside.com/wordpress/

Although this baitfish fly was invented for New England waters, it works very well in Florida shallows. Not a deep runner of a fly, but amazingly lifelike action - - and it casts nicely.

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I've been tying and fishing gurglers for about 20 years, and it's never occurred to me to put eyes on them. (Obviously have given this no deep thought!)

But since the fly is popping along the surface most of the time, it seems that the main attraction to a predator would be the disturbance, not the eyes.

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