Will's Comments On This Pattern
The Black Ghost is a pretty classically productive pattern left well-enough alone, but its simplicity almost begs for some innovation. I found this variation one day in the fly shop in Greenville when my son Ben & I got rained off the West Branch, & we proceeded to have a great time with it & West Branch landlocks once we were dried off enough to return. There's one in the jaw of a huge salmon below Little Ambejack falls if you want a closer look.
In continuing to mess with this pattern, I've added a bit of flash to some of these by using silver holographic tinsel ribbing, or by slipping 2-3 strands of pink crystal flash (it reflects the orange nicely) along each side of the underwing. Them real smelts are pretty flashy little critters.