Black Ghost tube

Published May 9th 2011

Believe in ghosts? How about a black one?


Black Ghost Tubes

If you're fishing sea trout or brown trout, or even salmon, there is no way around the Black Ghost. It has caught thousands of fish around the world. This is an all time classic that has proven itself.

In this article, I make the Black Ghost, which is normally made on a streamer hook, on two kinds of tubes. One advanced with weight and one simple, which is also cheap to produce.

Making them on tubes does not mean they are salmon flies. It simply means a longer life for each fly. Most anglers know that a contact with a rock can ruin the hook. Many times this means "end of story" for the whole streamer. But on a tube fly you just replace the hook and the expensive and time consuming part of the fly is reusable.

Black Ghost tube, simple
TypeTube fly
Target species
Atlantic salmon (sea run)
Sea trout (sea run)

TubePro Tube System - 40/40 mm Flexi Tube in black
Tying threadBlack 8/0
WingWhite rabbit strip + a bit of flash
HacklesYellow rooster (you need two)
ConePro Tube System black Pro Cone

Step 1 - tube - Use a 40/40 mm Pro Flex Tube.
Step 1 - tube
Step 2- rear hackle - Tie in a yellow hackle by the stem and wind it 3-4 times forward. Tie down and trim surplus.
Step 2- rear hackle
Step 3 - wing - Tie in the main wing of white rabbit. Add a straw of silver flash on each side.
Step 3 - wing

Step 4 - front hackle - Add a yellow front hackle, tying it in by the stem, winding it 3-4 times and tying it down. Trim surplus.
Step 4 - front hackle
Step 5 - cone - Add a Pro Cone and the cut the tube and melt it to give a nice finish and form a lip so the cone does not fall off.
Step 5 - cone

Black Ghost tube, advanced
TypeTube fly
Target species
Atlantic salmon (sea run)
Brown trout
Sea trout (sea run)

TubePro Tube System - Micro Tube in black
WeightPro Tube System - Drop weight S
Tying threadBlack 8/0
WingYellow marabou, pearl Angel Hair, white rabbit strip
HackleYellow rooster
CheeksJungle Cock (optional)
Hook guidePro Tube System Hook Guide in black
ConePro Tube System black Sonic Disc

Step 1- tube and weight - Start by adding size S Pro Drop Weight on a Black Pro Micro Tube.
Step 1- tube and weight
Step 2 - underwing - Add a small bunch of yellow marabou.
Step 2 - underwing
Step 3 - flash - Then a small underwing of pearl Angel Hair.
Step 3 - flash
Step 4 - wing - Tie in the main wing of white rabbit. A good tip is to cut the skin to a point both in front and rear.
Step 4 - wing
Step 5 - hackle - Tie in a yellow front hackle, butt first and wind it 3-4 turns. Tie down and trim.
Step 5 - hackle
Step 6 - cheeks and cone - Add Jugle Cock cheeks. Mount a black Pro Sonic Disc, cut the front tube and melt it. Add a black Pro Hook guide on the back of the tube.
Step 6 - cheeks and cone

Ghost country

User comments
From: mikez · mrzelman·at·  Link
Submitted May 28th 2011

My experience is that if you can find Polar Bear (still available in Canada) it out fishes any other wing material on Black ghosts by a substantial margin. The other option is human hair from my daughter or some other ash blonde (it works)

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