BLACK GHOST - Guest feature

By Chris DelPlato

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Submitted By Chris DelPlato

HEAD Black
TAIL A small bunch of yellow hackle fibers
BODY Of black silk, dressed rather heavily and tapered slightly at both ends
RIBBING Medium flat silver tinsel
THROAT A small bunch of yellow hackle fibers
WING Four white saddle hackles
CHEEKS Jungle Cock

Undoubtedly, one of the most famous streamers ever tied - and with good reason. Quite possibly the most effective streamer pattern on the planet. Maybe one of the most effective FLIES - PERIOD. If I had to take only one streamer out with me, this would be the one. No fly fisher should be out on the water without at least a couple in his fly box/wallet. Have I made my point? It is more common today to see this fly tied with a marabou wing, to which it converts very nicely, rather than the original feather wing. Herbie preferred saddle hackle to neck hackle for his featherwing streamers, claiming they had better action in the water.

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