1. Attach the clear mono tying thread to
the hook and run along the shank until the
mono hangs plum with the hook point.
2. Tie in a bunch of white ghost fibre about
half way down the straight part of the
hook shank. When you remove a bunch of
ghost fibre from it's hank, you separate
the amount and length that you require.
Now holding the hank in one hand, take
hold of the bunch you have selected with
the finger and thumb of your other hand
and PULL. The fibres will pull away from
each other into a fine tapered tail. If you
find this difficult you can also use dubbing
brush to achieve the same effect.
3. Top the white ghost fibre under body with
a few strands of mobile or crystal hair. This
will add a little sparkle to the pattern.
4. Pull another bunch of ghost fibre (about
1/3rd the amount used for the under body) and
colour it blue with a waterproof felt marker.
The best way to colour ghost fibre with felt
markers is: Place a sheet of paper on the table
and lie the ghost fibre on it with the tapered
end pointing away from you. Hold the ghost fibre
in place by placing your thumb on the end to be tied
in, now with your marker make single stokes beginning
at your thumb and moving away from you. Once you have
done one side turn over the fibre and repeat on
the other side. Tie this in on top of the mobile,
about 5 mm longer than the white fibre.
5. Take a length of floss 30 cm long and fold it
4 times, cut off the ends and roll in between finger
and thumb to mix the fibres. Now you can cut this
into two equal lengths and tie in as shown each side
of the head to form the gill covers.
6. Pull yet another bunch of ghost fibre about
the same amount as the last one and colour this
dark green. Tie in on top of the blue fibre about
2 mm longer that the blue.
7. Finish off with a good tight half hitch knot
so the mono thread doesn't slip, and attach the
8. Before you apply the softex or epoxy whichever
you use, comb all the fibres in the fly with a
dubbing comb. This will blend the three layers
and colours together creating a more realistic body.
Now you can cover the head with your chosen medium.
9. The finished spectra streamer, a real killer
not just for sea trout but all predatory fish.
~ Barry Ord Clarke
Credits: This fly is from a collection of
flies produced for the
Partridge of Redditch Limited website. We thank them for use permission.