#156 – Mickey’s Ghost

#156 Mickey's Ghost - Robert Galante
#156 Mickey's Ghost - Robert Galante

Tied by: Robert Galante
Originated by: Mike Martinek Jr.

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer
Thread: Black
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Yellow floss
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: Red bucktail with yellow bucktail mixed
Throat: Golden pheasant crest, yellow schlappen, bright red schlappen
Underwing: Peacock herl and a long golden pheasant crest
Wing: Yellow hackle flanked by red hackle
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Cheek: Jungle cock
Head: Black

Notes: The infamous Mickey Finn bucktail has been the demise of countless fish around the globe in many forms. This pattern is a tribute to the Mickey Finn’s propensity to attract fish and it’s ascendancy in the streamer niche over the past hundred years or so. The Mickey Finn was originally developed in Quebec in the 19th century by Charles Langevin and called the Langevin. In the early 1900’s, it was produced commercially by William Mills and Sons and packaged under the simple name “Red and Yellow Bucktail”. During the 1930’s popular Author John Alden Knight had designated the pattern the “Assassin” based on it’s already storied history of catching slabs. Finally, Gregory Clark’s nomenclature chosen after Rudolph Valentino died from a lethal dose of the barbiturate commonly called a
“Mickey Finn”, had the name finally stuck.

Robert Galante Streamer Tyer Robert Galante – I’m a 55 year old fly tier who has been behind the vise since I was 12. I enjoy tying flies of all styles and most recently have been experimenting with wet flies. Both wet flies made popular by Ray Bergman/Don Bastian and the style of wet flies that are commonly fished in the UK. I do love Streamers for their beauty and there ability to catch fish.
[visit Robert’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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