#317 – Merrimack Ghost (Var)

#317 Merrimack Ghost (Var) - Bob Petti

#317 Merrimack Ghost (Var) – Bob Petti

Tied by: Bob Petti
Originated by: Greg Hault
Source: Smelt Fly Patterns, Donald Wilson Pg. 46

Hook: Unknown 5xl #6-#12
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Neon orange floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: White schlappen then a golden pheasant crest then red hackle fibers
Underwing: 4-6 peacock herls then a golden pheasant crest just past the hook bend
Wing: 2 light dun hackles flanked by chartreuse hackle
Shoulder: Silver pheasant body feather
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: Bob is astute at tying small streamers and this variant of Merrimack Ghost is an ideal streamer for Bob to showcase his skills on. The streamer is almost identical to Gray Ghost except for the chartreuse hackles and the splash of red in the throat. The pattern was first tied by Greg Hault of Mancester, New Hampshire. The original Merrimack Ghost placed the chartreuse hackles on the inside of gray-olive hackles, dulling the brightness of the wing. It also did not include the throat, and the peacock herl was tied in as part of the belly. The streamer has been proven to be a strong choice for spring fishing and produces good numbers of fish when it is trolled in deeper water.

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.
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6 Comments

  1. I don’t fish, but I love seeing the beautiful colors and creativity in your flies.

  2. Kelly L says:

    Gorgeous fly. I would love to try that out here, I bet the fish would LOVE THIS ONE!

  3. Wes Wyatt says:

    I don’t fish – but think these are beautifully crafted!

  4. Joel Stansbury says:

    Bob, new one for me also. I really like the tying job. Superb!
    Cheers, Joel

  5. Scott Bernard says:

    Very nice Bob! I wasn’t aware of this fly before. Thanks and well done!

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