“BLACK GHOST” FLY OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER

Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited Fly of the Month
Contributed by: John Robertson, Bruce Herb

BLACK GHOST

Streamer flies represent a style of fly that I do not fish very often. They are created to represent the
many baitfish available to game fish in our waterways. Many years ago, on a fishing trip to the West
Branch of the Pine Creek above Galeton, PA. with my Trout Unlimited brothers, I wasn’t having much
success with typical nymphs and emergers. I decided to switch to streamers. I beefed up my tippet and
attached a Black Ghost. As I swung the streamer through the likely looking runs, suddenly I had a vicious
strike. After setting the hook, the largest Rainbow I had ever seen jumped into the air. It must have been
15 minutes and 75 yards downstream until I landed what was then the largest Rainbow I had ever
caught. It is true what they say, the big fish eat the little fish.
BLACK GHOST:
HOOK- MUSTAD 9595 OR SIMILAR #8-12
THREAD- BLACK
TAIL- YELLOW HACKLE FIBERS
RIB- FLAT SILVER TINSEL
BODY- BLACK FLOSS
WING- FOUR WHITE SADDLE HACKLES
THROAT- YELLOW HACKLE
CHEEK- JUNGLE COCK OR SUBSTITUTE, MAY BE OMITTED
TYING TIP:
To build the wing, select four similarly sized feathers, two from the left side of the saddle and
two from the right side. Place the left side feathers dull side up. Put the right side feathers shiny
side up on top the left feathers, with the tips aligned. Grasp all four feathers and tie in at the
same time.