Iconic New England, I'm aware that other parts of this great country of ours also hold claim to being iconic areas and I agree, but in this post I'll be highlighting New England. The apples are a big part of the region, and not only are they a big money crop they are also the best fruit for countless recipes that can make one almost give up their first born for a taste. As this is a fly fishing related site I'm going to delve into another of New England's Icons.
A whole bunch of materials, kind of looks like mess. But when certain items are selected and placed on a iron hook they will turn into probably the most recognized fly ever tied.
The "Gray Ghost"...Carrie Stevens Iconic Streamer. She tied this back in 1924, and since then I'll guess more fish have been taken on it than any other pattern. Mrs Stevens tied many patterns over the years but the Gray Ghost is my personal favorite. Mrs. Stevens was from Maine but part of the story behind the Gray Ghost has its roots in Connecticut. A fellow named "Shang" Wheeler played a big part in Gray Ghost history.
Here is my "Gray Ghost"...while not an overly difficult streamer to tie, it does have it's problem areas. One in particular is the tying in of the golden pheasant crests. They can be very brittle and problematic in getting them to set properly in place.