Tying Video – Black Ghost Marabou

The latest tying video from Dressed Irons is live on YouTube and it is the Black Ghost Marabou by Herbert Welch.  This fly was originally tied for Brook trout and Landlock Salmon in the Rangeley region of Maine.  It is a variation of the Black Ghost with Marabou for the wing instead of matched saddle hackles.  The fly is a lot of fun to tie and a great introduction to this style of fly and fly tying; classic freshwater streamers.  It has all of the common parts of many of these types of streamer patterns but not the more complicated wing.  If you are interested in learning to tying this type of fly this ia a nice one to get your feet wet.  Once you get this down simply put in a matched saddle wing and you have a Black Ghost.


If you are interested in the history of the Black Ghost and other flies by Herbert Welch I suggest you take a look at a book that came out last year entitled “Herbert L. Welch Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness” by Graydon Hilyard and Leslie Hilyard.  It is a wonder book on the history of the Herbert Welch, the Rangeley region and fly fishing back in the day.  Nice book for a rainy (or snowy) day.

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can.   Enjoy!

Remember…..  It’s Fly tying…..  If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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