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Mickey’s Ghost Variant

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Hook: Partridge Carrie Stevens Streamer #2/0 10xl
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: UNI-Mylar
Body: UNI-Floss White underbody, UNI-Floss red
Rib: UNI-Mylar
Belly: Red bucktail, yellow bucktail
Throat: Red Schlappen
Underwing: Peacock Herl, Golden Pheasant Crest
Wing: The Fly Co Yellow Rooster Neck, Foxtail Red Hen Neck
Shoulder: Silver Pheasant
Cheek: Jungle Cock

A variant of yesterdays Mickey’s Ghost, but this time with red body. A little bit cleaner this time, and the silver pheasant sits better. A fun pattern to experiment with!

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The two ghosts together:

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Mickey’s Ghost

2014.10.29.dryfly.me.mickey_ghost

Hook: Partridge Carrie Stevens Streamer #2/0 10xl
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: UNI-Mylar
Body: UNI-Floss White underbody, UNI-Floss yellow
Rib: UNI-Mylar
Belly: Red bucktail, yellow bucktail
Throat: Red Schlappen
Underwing: Peacock Herl, Golden Pheasant Crest
Wing: The Fly Co Yellow Rooster Neck, Foxtail Red Hen Neck
Shoulder: Silver Pheasant
Cheek: Jungle Cock

A big streamer again: I have been doing some variations of Mickey Finn lately based on a article from globalflyfisher.com and today it was time for this big Mickey Finn variation of the Grey Ghost: Mickey’s Ghost. I’m missing a good JC since the one I have only have nails that are ok in small size, that said: the new Silver Pheasant skin I got today outweighs that for the time beeing! I’ll come back to that skin in a separate post.

A closeup of the body: the GP crest is on top of the underwing and falls off to the sides of the body, a really nice example on how to use material in a different way; I’m going to explore Carrie Stevens patterns this winter, that’s for sure

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The different variations I’ve made the last week:

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Dry Freestyle

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Hook: Hends 454 BL #16
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Brown
Tail: Mallard Flank
Body: Stripped Peacock Quill, Bug-bond coating
Wing: Whiting Bronze, Mallard Flank

A lot of times I test out things to see how they turn out without thinking about a particular imitation. Today was a test to see how the peacock quill body with bug-bond coating looks like. The fly will absolutely work, and will take its way into my barbless box!

Governor #8

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Hook: Kamasan B170 #8
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tip: UNI-Mylar Gold/Silver #16
Tag: UNI-Floss Dark Red
Body: Peacock Herl
Wing: Mottled Turkey
Throat: Brown

Ray Bergmans “Trout” is a classic that you quickly hear about when it comes to classic flytying. I still haven’t got a copy, but I got some inspiration from the globalflytyer.com bergman collection and have plans to tie up some over winter to get a feel of these classic wet-flies. The bergman collection calls for a lot of material (in many colors) if you want to be true to the original, but I’m going to substitute some as I see fit and what I have available.