When it comes to flies born in the great state of Maine, it’s pretty hard to beat the legacy of Carrie G. Stevens’ Gray Ghost Fly. Born in the Rangeley region and tested on the banks of the Upper Dam Pool, the Gray Ghost was first tied in the year 1924 as an imitation for smelt, and it wasn’t long before the fly gained popularity outside of Maine. Tied in classic Rangeley styling, this streamer features a bold orange floss body, dun hackles topped with peacock for a wing, and a mallard cheek that accurately imitates smelt as well as other common baitfish. While the Gray Ghost is a great choice for early spring ice-out when the smelts often begin their upstream run, this is a streamer that you can fish all year long to match other baitfish species. The Gray Ghost produces well both in moving water and still ponds when the pre spawn smelts are stacked up, and a moving retrieve often works best, with some anglers even opting to troll this fly behind a boat.
Whether you’re casting flies on opening day in the Moosehead Lake Region or chasing your last big brookie of the year, it’s hard to go wrong when taking the classic approach of the Gray Ghost.
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