The Black Ghost Marabou is a simple to tie fly that is a killer on both lake and stream. The Black Ghost has it’s roots in Maine’s Rangeley region and was designed by the famous fly tyer Herb Welch back in the 1920’s. The original Black Ghost is one of the most popular and well known streamers and has spawned a number of variations. The original streamer that Herb developed was tied using a white saddle hackle wing. This marabou version is a great addition to the lineup and compliments the bucktail and hackle versions. The marabou version has become a staple in many streamer wallets for good reason. This pattern is a little easier to tie and the action of the marabou wing differs from that of the bucktail or hackle wing. Tie smaller sizes #6 or smaller, for casting and larger sizes for trolling. This is a great fly pattern to cast after ice out and during the summer it makes a perfect fly to troll with.
Hook: Mustad L87 #2-8
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Yellow Schlappen base
Body: Black wool or Laser Dubbing
Rib: Silver oval tinsel or flat braid
Wing: White marabou
Throat: Yellow Schlappen base
Eyes: White w/ black pupil (paint)
The Edson Dark Tiger is a pattern developed by Bill Edson of Portland, Maine. The bucktail streamer is great for the NE landlocked salmon, brook trout, bass and other game species. The streamer is tied on a long 5xl hook with Edson’s signature gold metal cheeks otherwise known as Edson Eyes. If you are unable to find these eyes, a small jungle cock nail tied in short is a good substitute.
The Edson Dark Tiger is a companion fly to the Edson Light Tiger. These 2 patterns were inspired by the Dick’s Killer Bucktail fly pattern designed by Dick Eastman of Groveton, NH.
Edson Dark Tiger Bucktail Streamer Recipe
Hook: Mustad L87 #2-8
Thread: Yellow 6/0
Tail: Yellow Schlappen
Body: Yellow chenille
Wing: Brown section of yellow dyed bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen
Eyes: Edson eye or jungle cock nail
There are currently more than 20 of Larry Leight’s streamers up for auction on Ebay. Ebay user Vanderbeck29 has this series of flies listed. Most of the streamers are Carrie Stevens patterns, but in the mix are a few of Larry’s original patterns and a Tom Fawcett pattern. Happy bidding.
A while back, I sent a bunch of streamer hooks from my collection over to Håvard Eide, the man behind flyhooks.org. If you have not checked out the site before, I recommend browsing the vast collection of hooks that Håvard has amassed over the years. The site features 30 brands of hooks thus far with close to 600 hook models represented. Here is a sample below of the Mike Martinek streamer hook.
While I do have a small streamer hook specific reference on the site here, I really love the project Håvard has put together. The hooks he includes on the site have a number of attributes measured and presented for each model and size. Each hook has measurements for the length, wire thickness, eye width, shank length, gape and throat. This makes it easy to compare hook models or hook sizes. The reference also lists attributes for the hooks. These include things like the color, barb and bend. Also included is a listing for similar hooks.
Håvard cross references the hooks with his partner site FlyTyer.org Patterns with the listed hooks are linked from the hook profile page. The site is still young, but I hope to see more patterns listed down the road.
He is always looking for new hooks to add to the archive. In particular new models of hooks and any gapes in sizes. If you can spare 2 hooks in a model/size and they do not appear on the site, consider donating them to the archive. The more hooks that have been catalogued, the better. It will be an invaluable tool for fly tyers in the years to come. Just use the feedback form on the site here to get in touch.
You don’t often see these coveted Allcock Heritage BG3 Streamer Hooks for sale. Luckily for streamer tyers, there is a set of size #4 an #2 hooks up for grabs on Ebay this week. The hooks were distributed by Castle Arms a few years back and have been sold out for several years. These Allcock B3G Heritage hooks were made in Redditch, England much like the originals. While the original hooks came in a wide range of sizes, lengths and wire thickness, the Heritage Allcock hooks are available in the size #2 and #4 as we have here. The hooks are a bit heavier than the Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer hooks, but make for a nice hook to tie a display streamer on. They have a nice Sproat bend, and 2.5″ shanks. When I was preparing the hook reference section for the site back in 2011, it was easier to find the older Allcock hooks than the limited production Heritage hooks from Castle Arms. I’ve since given away most of the hooks I had, but still have a couple I will someday tie a set of flies on.
Seller Mike Houle has a nice offering of carded flies in his Ebay store. Included are flies by Warren Duncan, George Fletcher, Wallace Doak, Wendell Folkins and this nice specimen from Streamers 365 contributor Selene Dumaine. Selene’s streamer is called “Christmas Delight” and is a beautifully tied example of Selene’s work and a fine piece for any collector. Selene is known for her thoughtful custom streamers and for keeping traditions alive such as the enviable skill of tying Rangeley Streamers “in-hand” as it was done by Mrs.Carrie Stevens.
Tied by: Stanley Williams
Originated by: Carrie G. Stevens
Green Drake Streamer Fly Pattern
Hook: Mustad 3907 B #2
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat metal tinsel
Body: Orange silk floss
Rib: Silver flat metal tinsel
Belly: White goat hair
Throat: White goose hackle fiber
Under-wing: 4-6 peacock herls
Wing: 2 black hackles flanked by shorter green hackle
Shoulder: Gadwall flank feather
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black w/ orange band
Notes: I was surprised to find this elegant streamer in my mailbox earlier this week. It was an unexpected gift from Maine fly tyer Stanley Williams along with another Stevens pattern. While I’ve been tying the classics patterns of Carrie Stevens for years, I’ve never really made the attempt to recreate them as such, aside from tying a few in hand for the Carrie’s Challenge. Stanley has an eye for the details, and has taken extra step of using authentic materials rather than the convenience of modern ones.
Stanley’s Green Drake is built on a vintage Mustad 3907 B #2, a hook that while not an antique Alcock 1810, it is almost indistinguishable from the hooks Carrie Stevens tied on. It has an ideal wire thickness, 8xl length, bronze finish and a classic sproat bend. If you have ever tried tying with metal tinsel, you will know the frustration that can occur from an overplayed length. I’ve broken off many metal tinsels after spending time smoothing down a silk floss body, and I commend the few tyers who use it regularly on their streamers.
Like Carrie Stevens, Stan likes to take advantage of locally available materials. The throat on this streamer is tied using feather fibers from a wild goose that was harvested in Maine. The fly is rounded out with a goat hair belly, a material that isn’t common to see in 2016, but was a common element in flies tied by Carrie Stevens.
The fly came framed and will find a space on my fly tying room wall along side some other notable streamers.
Hook: Mustad R79 #2
Thread: Black 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Black floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Silver Dr. blue then black schlappen fibers
Under-wing: 4-6 peacock herls
Wing: 2 Silver Dr. blue hackles flanked by black hackle
Shoulder: Teal flank
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Notes: I have always been a fan of dark flies with black and blue predominately. Perhaps it is the dissimilarity it presents from the usual earthy tomes of green and brown I like to fish. This strikingly coloured streamer was inspired by Tuomas’ addiction to fishing black and blue flies. The teal shoulder is a nice fit and pulls from the classic wet flies Teal & Black and Teal, Blue & Silver threads. This streamer will be most at home in Tuomas’ Scandinavian home waters, but should fair equally as well on the North American side of the pond.
Tuomas Iso-Ahola – I was born in Kalmari (Saarijärvi, Finland) 1983. My fishing history began when I was four years old. My father took me with him to fish with a hook and worm. In 2005 I started to fly fish and was instantly ”hooked”. Fly fishing is my lifestyle and my favorite places to fish are the rivers. Tuomas’s Streamer Blog |
[visit Tuomas Iso-Ahola’s streamer page on Streamers 365]