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Written by: Jerry Coviello
Photographed By: Jerry Coviello
Creator: Jack Gartside
Guest Tier: Jerry Coviello
I always like catching panfish on the top using popper, but after taking a class with Jack Gartside, I wanted to take this file and tie if for top water popping on my local stream in my neighborhood. Not many people fish the Neshaminy Creek as it comes out of Lake Galena. The stream is a warm water, and has bass, carp and sunfish. There is nothing like catching a few of these fish with this Gurgler on a one weight in the summer.
The Gurgler can be tied for fresh or saltwater fish. For this “Fly of the Month” entry I am tying it for freshwater on a dry fly hook.
Hook: Dry Fly Hook (I am using a size 6)
Thread: Orange (color to match the foam)
Tail: Red Calf Tail (any color you like)
Rear Hackle: Orange (use any color you would like)
Palmar Ribbed Hackle: Orange
Hackle: Brown and Grizzly mixed
Tie your thread on the shank and bring it towards the bend of the hook
Tie a sparse amount of calf tail, I have made the tail the length of the shank of the hook.
I have added 3 strands of Krystal Flash to each side of the tail.
3 Strands of Krystal Flash on each side of the hook as long as the tail.
I am tying in an orange hackle at the bend of the hook to give it a hackle collar at the bend
Wrap the hackle at the bend of the hook and stroke the fibers rear ward and place a few wraps of thread in front of the hackle to force the tips rearward
Tie in the foam, I found this real colorful foam at a craft store just to use for my Gurgler. Tie the foam at the rear of the hook. As you can see I laid the foam over the shank of the hook. The foam over the shank of the hook will be the body. The foam past the bend of the hook will be pulled over the body to form the shell.
Tie in a hackle to be palmered ribbed through the body.
Cup the foam over the shank of the hook. Make 4 or 5 loose evenly space segments as you bring your thread to the eye of the hook.
With the hackle, wrap the hackle forward towards the eye between each segment.
Bring the foam over the body to from the shell.
Trim the foam to make a lip. This lip you can make any size depending on how much you want this to pop on the water. Once you cut the foam for the lip. Whipfinish and you are done.
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