The Black Ghost Single Hook Streamer is a very popular fly. The pattern is not as complex as the Gray Ghost but it can be as effective in the right conditions. It will catch trout, steelheads and Salmon.
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The Black Ghost fly fishing pattern originated around in 1927 and became one of the classic American Streamer Lures. Herbert ‘Herbie’ L. Welsh is credited with its design. Herbie claims to be the first person to tie streamer flies that developed into the modern day long shanked streamer flies. His original Black Ghost streamer flies were tied on hooks reshaped from bluefish bait hooks. He needed a longer hook that would better for making smelt imitations so he started to forge his own. The rise in popularity of the fly was the result of Nellie Newton producing them for Percy Tackle Company in Portland, Maine.
The original Black Ghost had a Featherwing like our version not bucktail or marabou. Herb had a shop at Haines Landing on Lake Mooselookmeguntic, Maine USA. He was a renowned fly caster, who was often invited to demonstrate his skill at many sporting shows. Herbie was also a well known taxidermist, fishing guide, an artist and sculptor. You can still see some of his bronze sculptures on display today in the Smithsonian's American Museum of Art. The Black Ghost remains as popular and killing a fly pattern today as it was during the depression era of the 30's. It is ideal for steelhead fishing. Its ability to catch fish has lead to it being used for salmon, sea trout and big trout fishing.
In Iceland a Black Ghost streamer in size 6 - 8 works well for sea trout. Adrian Latimer, France
I fish the Pequest River in New Jersey. It is the stretch that flows from the spillway that leaves the Pequest hatchery. The top trout catching late season streamer I find is your Black Ghost in hook sizes 8 and 10. Tight Lines Dude, Fred Ungaretta NJ,USA