Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:23 AM
My first time back in a month, so I'm just now seeing this. The Black Ghost is one of my favorite fishing streamers. Looking at your first flies, you did a nice job. I agree that the tail is a bit long, but the wings are fine. Hackle wings don't usually foul when fishing. Remember that this represents a small forage fish. The black body is the lateral line, and the beard and tail are the pectrol and anal fins. For fishing, I usually tie this on a size 6, 6x long.
Your last fly is more of a small mouth bass fly. Small mouth have a habit of grabbing their prey by the tail and running. By using a long hook, with little wing beyond the bend, you increase your chances of a hookup. Most of Carrie Stevens flies were intended for small mouths.