This pattern is virtually identical to the Gray Ghost, except, obviously, the wing is white. The pattern in Hilyard lists a white hackle throat, yet the pattern for the gray ghost does not have this throat. It has been discovered lately though that the gray ghost should probably have a white hackle throat also.
The fly was tied entirely in hand, using only gossamer silk thread, scissors and wax.
The wing was pre-formed, i.e. stuck together with adhesive, just as Carrie Stevens did.
In the past I tied all my streamers with the wing components individually mounted, and i'm not sure how i feel about using adhesives to for the wing, but in the interests of tying an accurate fly, particularly in hand, i went the former route.
Such a difference to have a silver pheasant skin from with to select the shoulder feathers....the strung stuff just doesnt measure up. For comparison, i've added a photo of the Gray Ghost i tied in hand a couple weeks ago, and you can clearly see the difference in the shoulders. This fly will get a new wing. The hackles on both flies are different shapes, just a consequence of the saddles (Whiting American) and my selection process to match the side of the shoulder with nice wing hackles
One other thing i did on the White Ghost was to counter wrap the rib as i learned that Carrie Stevens tied her flies that way.
Thanks for looking.