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    Default Feather Wing Streamers for Gills or Crappie?

    Hi All,

    Feather wing streamers are lovely things to look at, and certainly classical patterns. I have tied a few, and was quite pleased with how they turned out. They are also a hoot to tie.

    However, I have never tried them on Gills or crappie, preferring bucktails or marabou streamers, and even some tied with synthetics such as the hot flash minnow. I like the movement of the ones I use and haven't felt that I got the same movement from the feather wing streamers.

    Do any of you fish feather wing streamers for Gills and crappies, and what has worked for you? How do you fish them, and do you get good movement with them somehow?

    Thanks and regards,

    Gandolf

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    Gandolf,

    I may be wrong, but I believe the first Grey Ghost was tied specifically for Crappie fishing . It's certainly effective enough on Crappies.

    I've tied lots of little feather wing streamers for 'gills. Usually downsized versions of classic style bass streamers, primarilly because I like to tie them, they are pretty, and fun to fish. They worked quite well.

    I don't know about the whole 'movement' thing, though. My 'gills don't seem too particular about it, and crappie mostly like anything that looks like a minnow.

    Buddy
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    It is effective for Crappie but as I understand it the Grey Ghost Streamer was originated by Carrie Stevens for Big Brookies and Landlocked Salmon in Maine around 1924. Since then many flies, poppers and jigs have come along that imitate the coloring and sometimes steal the name. Especially a Gray Ghost Jig that been around for awhile and is a super popular Crappie jig although some jiggers refer to them as flies. Of course fly fishing was around for a long time before Carrie Stevens came along with her famous flies and for sure it may have been a crappie fly originally but I've never seen anything mentioned along those lines in the historical books on flies. A couple other traditional streamers that work are the Black Nosed Dace and the Nine Three. Crappies have a big mouth and those streamers slim down in the water so they hit them quite well at times, especially when they are chasing minnows rahter than sitting on or near nests as then they like it slow and maribou rules. Another one I like is one called the Warden's Worry and along with it any of the Muddlers in smaller sizes.
    Last edited by Chuck S; 04-02-2012 at 08:10 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy Sanders View Post
    Gandolf,

    I may be wrong, but I believe the first Grey Ghost was tied specifically for Crappie fishing . It's certainly effective enough on Crappies.

    I've tied lots of little feather wing streamers for 'gills. Usually downsized versions of classic style bass streamers, primarilly because I like to tie them, they are pretty, and fun to fish. They worked quite well.

    I don't know about the whole 'movement' thing, though. My 'gills don't seem too particular about it, and crappie mostly like anything that looks like a minnow.

    Buddy
    I always thought it was a Steelhead Fly.... maybe we are looing at diff flys

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    Hi all,

    According to Richard Talleur in "Mastering the Art of Fly-tying", the Gray Ghost was a Carrie Stevens pattern she first tied on July 1, 1924. She tied it for trout, and that very same day caught a 6 lbs 13 oz brook trout on her first version, which she intered in the yearly Field and Steam contest, winning second place. Thus, a trout pattern, first tied in 1924.

    Regards,

    Gandolf

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    I FINALLY tried out a Teal Blue Silver last night. The crappies and bluegills BOTH loved it! I forgot my camera (again), so I didn't get to take any pictures with the fly in the fishs' mouths... but here's a picture of the fly:

    The one I used last night was tied on a #8 3xl streamer hook.
    David Merical
    Ankeny, Iowa

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    Good Lord, the Gray Ghost reference by Buddy Sanders was a joke!!

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