Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Greetings 2009

Merry Christmas to you all from The Victor Dwyer's
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jack Gartside 1942 - 2009

Jack Gartside 1942 - 2009

Jack Gartside passed away peacefully last night. As many of you know Jack was diagnosed with small cell cancer in October 2008. The initial treatment was positive and Jack was able to enjoy trips to Florida in the spring and local venues throughout the summer. However in early Fall it became apparent that the cancer had spread and Jack was admitted to hospital last month. Jack’s fly tying skills were legendary and his impressionistic patterns fooled fish of all species. Gurgler, Soft Hackle Streamer, BMG, Gartside Hopper, Firefly & Sparrow to name but a few of the many unique patterns he developed - so often with materials discarded or overlooked by others. Anyone lucky enough to have fished with Jack will remember his stealthy, heron like approach, efficient casting style and repertoire of retrieves that breathed life into his patterns. Even on the slowest of days when you couldn’t “buy a take” he would keep your spirits up with his enthusiastic chant of “Any minute now, any minute now…” As many of you know Jack was truly one of those rare and special people who lived life to the full and who captivated so many of us with his infectious charm, enthusiasm and some truly terrible jokes & pranks... Jack will be hugely missed. More details to follow at his website www.jackgartside.com