Grey Ghost Streamer

Grey Ghost Streamer
Artificial fly

Grey Ghost
Type Streamer
Imitates Baitfish, Smelt
Creator Carrie G. Stevens
Created 1924
Typical sizes 2-4
Thread Black 6/0
Tail None
Body Orange floss
Wing Golden pheasant crest, four gray hackles of equal length
Ribbing Flat silver tinsel
Tag Flat silver tinsel
Cheek Jungle cock
Shoulder Silver pheasant body feather
Primary use Trout
Pattern references Carrie G. Stevens-Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies (2000), Hilyard[1]

The Grey Ghost Streamer is an artificial fly, of the streamer type. Its primary function is to imitate smelt. The streamer's wing gives it a swimming action while trolling or using the Dead Drift technique.

The pattern is widespread and is popular along the Northeast of the United States. Many variations of the streamer occur, mostly to cut down on cost and tying time.[2]


The streamer was first tied in 1924 by commercial fly tyer Carrie G. Stevens of Madison, Maine. She was the wife of Maine fishing guide, Wallace Stevens. She tied many other flies in a style known as the Rangeley style during her free time. Most of her streamers have the jungle cock cheeks in common. The streamer is regarded as one of her best creations.[3] The pattern is mostly used for trout, of which it is successfully fished. When Stevens tested it at the Upper Dam pool she quickly hooked a 6 pound 13 ounce brook trout, which secured her second prize a Field & Stream competition. Afterwards she became even more involved with fly tying.


Tag- flat silver tinsel
Body- orange floss
Ribbing- flat silver tinsel
Belly Wing- white bucktail, golden pheasant crest, peacock herl
Wing- olive-grey saddle hackle, golden pheasant crest
Shoulder- white and black striped body feather from silver pheasant
Cheeks- jungle cock


  1. Hilyard, Graydon R. and Leslie K. (2000). Carrie G. Stevens-Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. p. 134. ISBN 0811703533.
  2. The Complete Book of Trout Flyfishing. Chartwell Books. 1995.
  3. Valla, Mike (2013). "Carrie Stevens (1882-1970)". The Founding Flies-43 American Masters Their Patterns and Influences. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. pp. 126–134. ISBN 9780811708333.
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