Fly Tying Patterns: Black Ghost Streamer

Ace of Spades - Fly Tying Pattern
  • Hook: Streamer #2 - 12
  • Thread: Black 6/0
  • Tail: Yellow Hen Hackle
  • Rib: Silver Tinsel
  • Body: Black Floss
  • Wing: 4 x White Hen Hackles
  • Cheeks: Jungle Cock
  • Throat Hackle: Yellow Hen Hackle

  • Tying Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Tied by D. Howard
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Simple but a little awkward to tie, this streamer pattern was created and refined by Herbert Welch between 1902 and 1927. Herbert was also responsible for the creation of a number of patterns that are well known to fly fishermen today. These patterns include the Cupsuptic Streamer, the Yellow Jane Craig, the Jane Craig Streamer, the Kennebago Streamer and the Welch Rarebit.

The trickiest part of the pattern is the wing were four hackles are placed as pairs, left & right, curves placed together as neatly as possible and for this reason, the modern varient is often tied with white marabou instead..

A very successful pattern in the USA, resulting in larger-than-average trout, it can be used just as effectively here in the UK.

Representing a baitfish, it is an ideal pattern to be used late into the season when Trout are bulking up for the winter on a high-protein diet of small fish.