Tied by: Robbie Hiltz
Originated by: Carrie Stevens
Source: Carrie G. Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies; Hilyard Pg 126-128
Hook: Partridge CS15 #4
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: Yellow bucktail
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: 2 red hackles flanked by yellow hackles
Shoulder: Red hen back
Cheek: Jungle cock
Head: Black (optional orange band)
Notes: Red and yellow was a popular color combination of Carrie’s day, and judging by the continued success of the Mickey Finn, it still does quite well in the modern age. Mickey’s Ghost is a pattern designed by Mike Martinek which also pays homage to the most famous of bucktails. Carrie’s version is quite similar to a Canadian version of the Mickey Finn which calls for a married wing of red and yellow goose wing.
Robbie Hiltz – Born in 1975 in a lovely little Annapolis Valley town of Berwick, N.S. I grew up fishing behind my grandparents’ house on the North mountain angling for lovely little brook trout. The brook and stream were small as I but back then everything seemed so big. Fast forward 20 years and I was still fishing but the worm and alder was replaced with rapalas and spinning reels and the quarry was now anything that a person could catch.
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