And then there is the truly unique Jack Gartside....! A  world-famous tier and angler, someone once said of him,  “Jack was never one to let convention get in his way!”  That’s putting it mildly!

    He was seen one week camping under the stars on the beaches of the Yucatan, fishing the bocas late into the night...and the next week, he was successfully pursuing stripers in Boston Harbor upon Gerald, his rubber giraffe!

    Jack gave up a career as an English teacher to become a Boston cabby, thus enabling himself to have more time to pursue his passion for fly fishing and for tying his exquisite fly patterns.

    Somehow, it does not come as a surprise that Jack Gartside would have a rather unique philosophy and approach to fly fishing etiquette, which he expresses in the following letter to the author:

Dear Rhea,

  Your book on etiquette sounds interesting. I’m not sure what (or whether) I could contribute to it, however, as I almost never fish in a situation where etiquette would be required. To me, two is a crowd and I much prefer to fish alone. This summer, in fact, I’ve not run into even a single fisherman in the waters that I fish. This is by design and not happenstance.

If you come up this way, give me a buzz, and perhaps we can fish together. I should warn you, however, that it’s all wading and walking and covering lots of water. Typically I’ll walk several miles through water to cover a flat or stretch of shoreline. It’s not for the faint-hearted or for those who expect success to come easily. But that’s not you.  Just thought I’d mention it by way of preparation...a form of etiquette too, you might say! I simply avoid the “popular” places.  And the beat goes on....

All the best,


Jack’s Solution?

I simply do not know what I could add to your book, except the following thought:

    The best etiquette is to avoid etiquette!

from Jack Gartside, an excerpt from “Rod Rage”
We will miss you, Jack! Thank you for all the joy you brought to so many of us.
1942 - 2009