By Joel Anderson
The late Jack Gartside left a legacy of fly patterns that will serve fly fishermen well until the end of time. While the list contains such great flies as the Sparrow Nymph, Gartside Gurgler, and Gartside Hopper, perhaps the most well-known and innovative of all his creations might just be the Soft Hackle Streamer. In hindsight, a few earlier lessons on how to tie this pattern correctly would have benefitted me greatly and perhaps caused me to fish the fly more often through the years. However, a recent revisit to the SHS, as well as a serendipitous occurrence, has once again open my eyes to the genius of this simplistic, yet incredibly elegant and effective streamer. Here's a few lessons learned from both personal experience and directly from Gartside’s website that I have found helpful.