If I had to list five most well known streamers of all time Black Ghost would no doubt be on that list. Developed by Herbert “Herb” Welch in 1927 it became quickly the go to pattern widely in the US. Herb has today been a bit overshadowed by Carrie Stevens from the same region but has an important part in development of streamer tying also. There is also Bucktail and Marabou winged versions of the pattern but I prefer the original hackle wing over those.
J. Bates’s book Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing mentions Black Ghost on multiple occasions and features photographs of the original tied by Welch himself. Bates notes the pattern to work especially well on darker hours of the day when good contrast on the fly is needed.
These flies are tied to order so estimate a 2-4 weeks tying time depending on our order queue.
#2, #2/0, #4, #6