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WbranchFebruary 21st, 2017, 9:44 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
Planning a trip to the Magalloway and Rapid rivers in mid May for a week of wild brook trout. These are the first traditional streamers I have tied in at least twenty-five years. I'm not very pleased with the marabou Gray & Black Ghosts but do think the two feather wing flies are better. One is called the Golden Demon and the other is a Green King.





Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
LastchanceFebruary 21st, 2017, 2:11 pm
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
I don't think fish will turn away from those ties. They look pretty good to me. They are plenty good enough to fish. Have a great trip and don't forget to post some pictures, Matt.
Jmd123February 21st, 2017, 2:44 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2492
Nice flies. Did you use chenille for the body on the Black Ghosts? I use to make mine with black floss, the only problem being that the flat tinsel would sometimes slip...maybe some silver sparkle-braid instead? The others look just fantastic! Best of luck!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchFebruary 21st, 2017, 2:51 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
Jonathon,

Did you use chenille for the body on the Black Ghosts?


Yep, I can't fool you. I don't have any black floss so I improvised with black chenille. It's funny in that at one time I had dozens of colors of multi strand silk and synthetic flosses. I rarely used them so about five years ago I gave them all away. Now I needed them. I tied some Gray Ghosts and had no orange floss so had to substitute with fluorescent orange two strand yarn.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123February 21st, 2017, 4:42 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2492
BTW, you aren't going to be in blueback trout country, are you? I know they only occur in a certain part of Maine, don't know if that's any where near where you will be. I do hear that the brookies up there get to a pretty good size!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchFebruary 21st, 2017, 6:00 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
Going to be fishing the Magalloway and Rapid rivers in the Rangeley region. big wild brookies in a wild and scenic setting. No roads accessible to rivers. All walk-in at least one mile to get to the river. Drive on crappy gravel logging roads for 20-30 miles.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
LeakybootsFebruary 22nd, 2017, 1:14 am
Hermitage,pa

Posts: 14
Looks like some old favorites, you missed one, the Mickey Finn. Good luck on your trip.
Will Shaver
WbranchFebruary 22nd, 2017, 3:34 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
The Mickey Finns are on the list to tie. I have a bunch I tied for Atlantic salmon a couple of years ago. I tied a bunch for a buddy going to he Miramichi for a week. Most were #4 doubles and #8 singles on up eye salmon hooks. I want to tie half a dozen on straight eye #6 6X long shanks. Going to order the hooks today.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PaulRobertsFebruary 22nd, 2017, 6:24 am
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Very pretty. Sounds like a wonderful time ahead.
WbranchFebruary 22nd, 2017, 3:41 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
Thanks Paul.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfFebruary 23rd, 2017, 5:32 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3077
Beautiful flies, Matt. Have fun.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WbranchMarch 23rd, 2017, 8:11 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
Update to my Brook Trout flies, I've tied two of each and will be pinching the barbs when I get there;

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123March 26th, 2017, 3:54 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2492
Beautiful flies, Matt! Those are just lovely and so colorful. Looks like you found some black floss for your Black Ghosts...;oD

Can't wait to see these hanging from some spectacular brookies' mouths!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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