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Snaggy 11-21-2008 10:58 AM

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

Difficulty-5

Popular sizes-06, 08, 10, 12

Hook Type-6 x long streamer

Thread-Black 6/0

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.

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fyshstykr 11-22-2008 12:11 PM

Re: Here's how my brain works...
 
Hello Snaggy,
I was just on e-bay last night and seen alot of "J.C" for sale on there. Hopefully you can find some that's resonably priced. :icon_smil

Frank Whiton 11-22-2008 04:04 PM

Re: Here's how my brain works...
 
Hi Snaggy,

Here are a couple different Gray Ghost. The Orvis Ghost doesn't have the Jungle Cock and they added the dark back.

Orvis Gray Ghost
http://images3.orvis.com/orvis_asset...g/06400000.jpg

Here is another http://business.virgin.net/fly.fishi...-grayghost.jpg

Another one that shows the Golden Pheasant Crest as throat.
http://www.flytyingforum.com/uploads...223495e806.jpg

Snaggy you should be able to come up with something based on these examples. I believe the bottom fly is closest to the Classic Ghost.

Frank

Frank Whiton 11-22-2008 04:22 PM

Re: Here's how my brain works...
 
Hi again Snaggy,

Here is a Grey Ghost that is tied like the original. You can see the Grey saddle hackles over the Golden Pheasant Crest.

Frank

Vigs Big Flies
http://www.vigsbigflys.com/440b84a0.gif


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