Possibly the most popular Rangeley style streamer fly. First tied by Carrie Stevens in 1924 to imitate a smelt. It’s been documented that she tied with the material available and that included the different shades of wing feathers which she dyed herself. This one is using a medium dun-olive Ewing Steamer feather which gives it a smelt like color in the water.
This pattern was the basis for dozens of Ghost patterns that were developed after this. Each one altering the wing or body color and providing anglers with a chance to catch a large trout or landlocked salmon.
Hook: Partridge CS17-9X #2 Heritage Streamer Hook
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Orange floss
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: 4-6 strands of peacock herl followed by a small bunch of white bucktail
Throat: Golden pheasant crest
Underwing: A long golden pheasant crest extending past the hook bend
Wing: 4 olive-grey hackles
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black (with red band optional)