#1 – Black Ghost

Black Ghosts - Originated by Herbie Welch Tied by Don Bastian, Bob Frandsen, Bob Petti and Jim Warner

Black Ghosts - Originated by Herbie Welch Tied by Don Bastian, Bob Frandsen, Bob Petti and Jim Warner


See below for the individual streamers.

Tied by: Don Bastian, Bob Frandsen, Bob Petti and Jim Warner
Originated by: Herbert (Herbie) Welch
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing (page 228-230)

Don Bastian Dressing
Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer
Thread: Black(*)
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers(*)
Body: Black wool
Rib: Medium silver tinsel flat(*)
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers(*)
Wing: 4 white hackles(*)
Eye: Jungle cock nail (*)
Head: Black

Bob Frandsen Dressing
Hook: Mustad 94720 8xl(*)
Thread: Black(*)
Tag: Flat silver tinsel(*)
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers(*)
Body: Black silk(*)
Rib: Narrow silver tinsel flat(*)
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers(*)
Wing: 4 white hackles(*)
Eye: Jungle cock nail (*)
Head: Black

Bob Petti Dressing
Hook: Mustad 3665A(*)
Thread: Black(*)
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers(*)
Body: Black floss(*)
Rib: Wide silver tinsel flat(*)
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers(*)
Wing: 4 white hackles(*)
Eye: Painted on white with black pupil
Head: Black

Jim Warner Dressing
Hook: Allcock 2811 Sproat #4
Thread: Black (*)
Tag: Silver flat tinsel(*)
Tail: Yellow fluoro fibers
Body: Black floss(*)
Rib: Medium silver tinsel flat(*)
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers(*)
Wing: 4 white hackles(*)
Eye: Jungle cock nail (*)
Head: Black (with red band)

Notes: The Black Ghost is one of the most famous flies ever tied and has been one of the most popular submissions in the streamers 365 project. The Black Ghost streamer was originated by Herbert “Herbie” Welch of Haines Landing, Maine, and since its inception has spread across the world in many variations. The simple pattern lends itself nicely to wing material substitution, and is commonly tied with bucktail and marabou. Welch lived on the Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Rangeley Maine, this was just across the lake from the also world renowned fly tyer Carrie Stevens. An avid fly tyer and outdoorsman himself, he was also known for his taxidermy and artworks. Mr Welch designed and developed the Black Ghost in the the early part of the 20th century (1919 – 1927) to end up with the final version we know today. Perhaps only Carrie Stevens’ Gray Ghost could claim the same level of notoriety as Herbie’s creation. Both are staples in fly boxes the world over.

Part of Mr. Welch’s story includes the claim of being the first to tie streamers on hooks that developed into the modern day long shanked streamers. He required a longer hook to facilitate his vision of smelt patterns, and so used bluefish hooks as the basis of the new hook design. His reshaped hooks better served the patterns, and the thousands of smelt and streamer patterns that followed. A difficult claim to prove out, but if true, perhaps current streamer aficionados have “Herbie” to blame for our long-iron fetish.

#1 Black Ghost - Don Bastian

#1 Black Ghost - Don Bastian


Don BastianDon Bastian – Don was born and has lived in Pennsylvania all his life. He started fishing at about the same time he learned to walk. He has been tying flies and fly fishing since 1964. He has taught fly tying classes since 1987, has 16 years guiding experience, and has been operating his business, Bastian’s Angling Specialties since 1983.
Don Bastian Wet Flies | Don’s MyFlies.com profile
[visit Don’s streamer page]

#1 Black Ghost - Bob Frandsen

#1 Black Ghost - Bob Frandsen


Robert FrandsenBob (Robert) Frandsen – I started fishing at a pretty early age going as a hanger on with my grandfather in my pre- school years.
I began tying flies at 13 under the guidance of Lance Wedlick who was well known in Australia more as writer.
“The Blacker Compendium” | Robert’s site
[visit Bob’s streamer page]

#1 Black Ghost - Bob Petti

#1 Black Ghost - Bob Petti


Bob PettiBob Petti – Bob Petti is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from the Catskill Mountain region of New York. Like so many other fly tyers, he started his journey innocently. “All I wanted was the ability to tie the Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear. I didn’t have much money and it wasn’t easy to buy flies at the time. Heck I couldn’t even afford a decent pair of waders back then, so I thought a small investment in tying flies would pay off in the long run.” A couple decades later his one-shoe-box hobby has grown to a full blown identity.
Bob on Global Fly Fisher
[visit Bob’s streamer page]

#1 Black Ghost - Jim Warner

#1 Black Ghost - Jim Warner


Jim WarnerJim Warner – My fly-tying has been listed in several books: Dick Stewart’s Trolling Flies for Trout & Salmon; Dick Surette’s Trout and Salmon Fly Index; Don Wilson’s Smelt Fly Dressings; Mike Martinek’s Streamer Fly Patterns for Trolling & Casting 1 & 2; many periodicals such as On The Water, UFT, etc; and many newspaper articles…. too many to describe.
Jim Warner @globalflyfisher | Lake Winnipesaukee Travel Guide | Jim Warner on EBay
[visit Jim’s streamer page]

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5 Comments

  1. petr haisman January 8, 2012 7:10 AM Reply

    Bob, your Black Ghost looks very cool and attractive, love it. Don and Bob, your BGs look very good to me…

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