Eunan Hendron Streamer Collection 2014

Eunan Hendron Streamers

We have been treated to a wonderful set of Ghosts tied up by Eunan Hendron. Anyone versed in streamers will tell you there are countless variations that have stemmed out from Carrie Stevens’ Gray Ghost. Streamers originating from this branch are fully dressed and feature a silver pheasant shoulder, or another strongly barred feather. Many of the variations include golden pheasant crest tied over the body and include peacock herl either in the belly or as an underwing. The Pink Ghost, Green Ghost and Red-grey Ghost all fall into this group.

Leslie Hilyard’s Jungle Ghost is a visual striking Ghost which combines 12 regal jungle cock nails under a rainbow floss body and topped by a traditional Gray Ghost wing. Eunan tied this one in hand, as well as the White Ghost and the Gray Ghost, to honour the skills required by the early fly tyers.

The Super Ghost is a nod to Joseph Stickney’s Supervisor pattern.

Mike Martinek is well know for his fully dressed ghost patterns, most notably his Red Ghost and Mickey’s Ghost. Eunan chose Mike’s Great Caesar’s Ghost to be included in the collection. It’s a full dressed ghost tied in Mike’s style which includes a schlappen topping tied in between the wings.

Babb’s Ghost was created by Jim Warner in 1946 for George and Helen Babb of Alton Bay. Jim was tasked with tying a Gray Ghost streamer which incorporates the primary colours yellow, red and blue into the design. The bucktail should be mixed so that no one colour is seen distinctly.

The other popular source of inspiration for Ghost streamers comes from Herb Welch’s Black Ghost. These streamers are sparser in their dressing and lack a shoulder feather but include a tail, something the Gray Ghost did not include. The Silver Ghost and Galloping Ghost both follow this convention, the Golloping Ghost complicating things by using the hard to obtain and pricey tricolour Bali duck shoulder in the wing.

The Yellow Ghost strays somewhat from the above conventions and there are a couple different versions floating around out there. Eunan has covered the 2 most prominent versions. The Gray Wolf version was used in the original Streamers 365 project, and the second version is presented in this collection. Different versions of the second appear in ‘Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon’, ‘Flies’ and in ‘Fish Flies; The Encyclopedia of the Fly Tier’s Art’. Versions vary slightly from one to another sometimes with a white bucktail belly, sometimes lemon wood duck shoulders rather than the barred wood duck. It’s been used for both salmon and bass successfully.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the Ghost patterns. Literally hundreds of different Ghosts can be coaxed from the pages of streamer books and many of these can be found in Don Wilson’s ‘Tandem Streamers‘ (178-183). Leslie Hilyard’s ‘Carrie Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies‘ has a nice section of related patterns which includes many ghosts, and Paul Schmookler’s ‘Forgotten Flies‘ contains many ghosts in the 1000+ pattern reference section. Happy ghost busting.

Thanks Eunan for sharing your streamers with us.

Click the images below for larger images and fly recipes.

Pink Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Pink Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Galloping Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Galloping Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Black Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Black Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Yellow Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Yellow Ghost by Eunan Hendron

White Ghost by Eunan Hendron

White Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Great Caesar's Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Great Caesar’s Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Jungle Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Jungle Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Super Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Super Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Gray Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Gray Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Silver Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Silver Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Green Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Green Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Babb's Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Babb’s Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Eunan Hendron – I’ve been tying flies since I was about 10 or 11, a direct progression from fishing stillwater team competitions with my father as a young boy. I began tying classic flies (wet, streamer and atlantic salmon) towards the end of 2011, having never tied them before. A pretty steep learning curve, not for the feint of heart, but many thanks are due to the members of various forums who gave me tips and constructive criticism to aid my progression.
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Pink Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Pink Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Pink Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Tied by: Eunan Hendron
Originated by: Paul Kukonen
Source: Carrie G. Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies – Hilyard, 2000, pg. 153

Pink Ghost Streamer Fly Pattern

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer hook 8xl #1
Thread: White 8/0
Body: Red floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Wing: 4 pink hackles
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

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Eunan Hendron – I’ve been tying flies since I was about 10 or 11, a direct progression from fishing stillwater team competitions with my father as a young boy. I began tying classic flies (wet, streamer and atlantic salmon) towards the end of 2011, having never tied them before. A pretty steep learning curve, not for the feint of heart, but many thanks are due to the members of various forums who gave me tips and constructive criticism to aid my progression.
Eunan’s Addicted to Vise blog
[visit Eunan's streamer page on Streamers 365]

Galloping Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Galloping Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Galloping Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Tied by: Eunan Hendron
Originated by: Bert Quimby
Source: Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon – Stewart & Leeman, 1982, pg. 101

Galloping Ghost Streamer Fly Pattern

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer hook 8xl #1
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Tail: Red goose slips
Body: Orange floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Throat: Red-orange hackle fibers
Wing: Bali duck shoulder feathers (light at top)
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

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Eunan Hendron – I’ve been tying flies since I was about 10 or 11, a direct progression from fishing stillwater team competitions with my father as a young boy. I began tying classic flies (wet, streamer and atlantic salmon) towards the end of 2011, having never tied them before. A pretty steep learning curve, not for the feint of heart, but many thanks are due to the members of various forums who gave me tips and constructive criticism to aid my progression.
Eunan’s Addicted to Vise blog
[visit Eunan's streamer page on Streamers 365]

Black Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Black Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Black Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Tied by: Eunan Hendron
Originated by: Herbert Welch
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing – Bates, 1966, pg. 228

Black Ghost Streamer Fly Pattern

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer hook 8xl #1
Thread: Black 8/0
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers
Body: Black floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: 4 white hackles
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

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Eunan Hendron – I’ve been tying flies since I was about 10 or 11, a direct progression from fishing stillwater team competitions with my father as a young boy. I began tying classic flies (wet, streamer and atlantic salmon) towards the end of 2011, having never tied them before. A pretty steep learning curve, not for the feint of heart, but many thanks are due to the members of various forums who gave me tips and constructive criticism to aid my progression.
Eunan’s Addicted to Vise blog
[visit Eunan's streamer page on Streamers 365]

White Ghost by Eunan Hendron

White Ghost by Eunan Hendron

White Ghost by Eunan Hendron

Tied by: Eunan Hendron
Originated by: Carrie Stevens
Source: Carrie G. Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies – Hilyard, 2000, pg. 146-147

White Ghost Streamer Fly Pattern

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer hook 8xl #1
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Orange floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: Peacock herl then white bucktail
Throat: White hackle fibers then golden pheasant crest
Underwing: Golden pheasant crest
Wing: 4 white hackles
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black (with orange band)

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Eunan Hendron – I’ve been tying flies since I was about 10 or 11, a direct progression from fishing stillwater team competitions with my father as a young boy. I began tying classic flies (wet, streamer and atlantic salmon) towards the end of 2011, having never tied them before. A pretty steep learning curve, not for the feint of heart, but many thanks are due to the members of various forums who gave me tips and constructive criticism to aid my progression.
Eunan’s Addicted to Vise blog
[visit Eunan's streamer page on Streamers 365]

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