Here's how my brain works...
I get a bit excited and frantic when it comes to fly fishing. I started this post and it seems I need to slow down a bit but sooner or later I would like to attempt some of these more difficult works of art. Here's the thread I originally called Grey Ghost shopping list...
After viewing a few "classic" flies I thought I'd do some research and found a bit o' history on the grey ghost. I found a nice looking one through the Orvis Website (not nearly as nice as a few I saw in this forum) and C/P'd this...
Name-Gray Ghost Streamer
Popular sizes-06, 08, 10, 12
Hook Type-6 x long streamer
Body-Orange floss with flat silver tinsel tag.
Ribbing-Flat silver tinsel
Wing-4 gray saddle hackles over golden pheasant crest curving downward
Other Materials-Throat: 3 or 4 strands of peacock herl over sparse bunch of white bucktail over golden pheasant crest curving upward.
Shoulders: silver pheasant body feathers.
Cheek: jungle cock
Notes Most tiers leave off the difficult-to-find and illegal-to-import jungle cock.
The Jungle Cock or JC seems a bit expensive but I did find some online places that sell 10 or so individual ones for 7 dollars. Are there other alternatives other than leaving it off altogether? The JC really makes the fly.
So far I have the 6/0 thread and silver tinsel. Everything else minus the JC should be obtainable at the fly shops around here.
I also have no idea what "Wing-4 gray saddle hackles over golden pheasant crest curving downward" is. I'm guessing there are many different wing designs and different materials used. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Should I start with something simpler with similar materials and process?
Could someone recommend WHAT I should start out with. Hook size...etc. I've tied a boat load of streamers, wooly buggers, nymphs and other hackle/maribou flies but nothing like these with the cheeks and wings and shoulders.
The skill level says 5 so don't laugh when I post my first one.