A Note From the Marlborough Show

I wanted to share one thing with my devoted readers, a real highlight for me, that happened at the Marlborough Fly Fishing Show this past weekend, and that was a visit to my table from Graydon Hilyard, author of Carrie Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies. About four in the afternoon on Friday, I was tying and looked up to see him standing at my table. I recognized him and said, “Hello Graydon.” His reaction was one of slight surprise I suppose since he may not have thought I knew who he was. He had actually bought a number of my classic wet fly sets some years ago, back in the early years of his book’s release.

He ended up spending a good twenty-five minutes there; we talked about streamers, wet flies, various things. He also noted my Footer Special 50th Anniversary Special streamer flies, and commented that he knew David Footer, but expressed some surprise in the age of Dave’s streamer pattern.

I also got the lowdown on Graydon’s book on Herb Welch. I know he’s been working on it since almost immediately after the Carrie Stevens book was finished. No details but he indicated it’s about two years until publication. We discussed the fact that Carrie Stevens and Herb Welch both had no children, so trying to do research on people with no direct descendents presents its problems. Graydon also was interested in the fact that I described how I was trying to locate a Carrie Stevens fly that is known to exist, but for which no specimens are known to exist. The name of the pattern shall remain nameless as I continue my research. He encouraged me to keep trying and not give up.

Finally, I was very honored when Graydon stopped by about an hour later and bought one of my Footer Special Anniversary Streamers. David Footer and his wife, Annette, stopped by Saturday, and I told him Graydon had bought one of the flies. David was delighted by that news!

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Gray Ghost – Streamers365.com

February 1, 2012, on Streamers365.com, Darren MacEachern’s site for an ambitious feather wing streamer project, the Gray Ghost from several tiers was featured. This version in the photo below was one I tied used some bronze tinted hackles that are from an older rooster cape. In the Carrie Stevens book by Graydon Hilyard, there are several Gray Ghosts tied by Carrie Stevens with hackles that are almost a perfect match of these, that is why I chose to use them.

The Gray Ghost was a featured pattern in my 2007 streamer DVD, Traditional Streamers and Bucktails. This DVD is available on MyFlies.com. This DVD was filmed in Hi-def by Kelly and Jim Watt, both fly tiers, as part of their New Hooked on Fly Tying Series of DVD’s, so the photography, editing, and macro images of the tying steps and sequences are in superb clarity. Here is the item page for your convenience to place an order for this DVD:

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Gray Ghost, size #2 - 8x long - Streamers365.com, February 1, 2012

Hook: #2 – 8x long Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek / Carrie Stevens Rangeley Streamer
Thread: White Danville 3/0 Monocord for underbody
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Orange floss / silk
Ribbing: Fine 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 orange band optional)

It is interesting to note, the Bates book on streamers, specifies a red banded head on the Gray Ghost, but the Carrie Stevens book, by Graydon and Leslie Hilyard, with many photos of this fly, shows them all with an orange band, so I have adjusted my Gray Ghost heads to be banded with orange from now on. Carrie Stevens specified that the wing, belly, and golden pheasant crest underwing should all be as long as the wing.