Scratching the Surface
Scratching the Surface is a book unlike any that Jack Gartside has written. It includes stories from my life as a fly fisherman, more particularly stories centered around fishing with some of my favorite surface (and slightly subsurface) flies. Set in various locations (Montana, Massachusetts, the Florida Keys and Mexico), some of the stories are strange but all are true and all, I hope, will be enjoyable to read.
In addition to the stories, the book also contains the dressings and unusual techniques used in creating these patterns, along with illustrated step-by-step instructions and thoughts on fly tying. Whether you fish in fresh water or salt, tie your own flies or not, you'll enjoy this book.
Chapters include: Minnows at Midnight, Pheasant Hopper Memories, The Pheasant Caddis and Stonefly, Ants in Your Pants, The Yellow Bivisible, The Hoverbug Variations (or How the Gurgler Got to Be the Gurgler), The BeastMaster, plus a special chapter, Deer Hair Magic (or How I Gave Up Spinning and Learned to Love Deer Hair), detailing my own original and extraordinarily easy method for working with deer hair.