#47 – Mike’s Red Ghost Special

#47 Mike's Red Ghost Special - Mike Martinek
#47 Mike's Red Ghost Special - Mike Martinek

Tied by: Mike Martinek
Originated by: Mike Martinek

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer 8xl
Thread: White
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Red / scarlet Floss
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: Red bucktail
Throat: Golden pheasant crest and red schlappen
Underwing: Peacock herl and a long golden pheasant crest
Wing: Red hackle two per side with one slate gray hackle outside 2/3 as long
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Cheek: Jungle cock
Head: Black

Notes: Originally designed in the 1968 as a Red Ghost variation, the Mike’s Red Ghost Special is one of Mike Martinek’s signature patterns (along with the Sandbar Smelt and Royal Marine). Red flies have proven successful for near-surface, early-season trolling for landlocked salmon. The shortened gray hackles were incorporated to ‘tame’ or ‘tone down’ the red wing and provide a more smelt-like shading. This streamer is particularly effective on dark, overcast days with a spitting rain.

* Specail thanks to Chris Del Plato for sharing this pattern from his collection.

Mike MartinekMike Martinek Jr. – In the 1960’s a young Mike Martinek began attending the newly formed United Fly Tyers meetings in his home state of Massachusetts. Enamoured with streamer flies, a frequent subject at these meetings, he began tying the patterns of early streamer masters like Herb Welch, Bill Edson and Carrie Stevens. At one particular meeting, fly historian Austin Hogan took note and offered to take Mike under his wing, showing him the characteristic differences between particular styles of streamers like those of Mrs. Stevens.
[visit Mike’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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