|A pair ready for alewife-rich waters|
Until this season, I had only fished very small Gray Ghosts and not too frequently at that. I don't think I ever hooked a fish with one. While fishing Connecticut's Farmington River this past spring, I tried a larger (sz. 4) Gray Ghost and did quite well, landing several respectably sized holdover brown trout. It was in between a Hendrickson hatch and spinner fall, and it seemed like many of the larger trout preferred the larger meal.
I have a few friends who swear by this fly, so I figured I should give it a go. I wanted to tie some even larger than what I had, but was not crazy about fishing a 10x long streamer hook. I decided to convert it to a tube fly and substitute some more "modern" (read: flashy!) materials.
I have plans for these tubes...Primarily, I want to use them to target landlocked salmon this fall. Also, there are a couple of lakes nearby (one really close to home) with large seeforellen brown trout coupled with a population of landlocked alewives. I've done well fishing one lake's spawning run, but have yet to take a trophy seeforellen brown. Time to get cracking on that...
|A classic Maine streamer, converted|
Gray Ghost Variant Tube Fly
Tube: 1.5" aluminum
Tag: Flat silver diamond braid
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: Flat orange Diamond Braid
Underwing: Yellow bucktail
Wing: 1. Silver fox tail w/polar ice Angel Hair
2. Silver fox tail w/pearl Krinkle Flash
3. Black temple dog or arctic fox, topped with four strands of
Throat: White bucktail topped with yellow Fluoro Fiber
Cheeks: Silver pheasant and jungle cock
Head: Black w/red thread band