A few Don Bastian flies are currently up for bid on eBay. Included in the lot is a nice specimen of the Grey Ghost made famous by Ms. Carrie Stevens. Check out the other Don Bastian item on the block as well. This could be a really nice cache of wet flies for the right bidder. Don tied many of the flies in the Forgotten Flies book written by Paul Schmookler and Ingrid Sils. While he is best known for the wet flies he ties, he does twist up a mean streamer as well.
It’s been a while since i covered any of the long streamers. Over at Global Fly Fisher, Chris Del Plato put together a unique challenge for a few streamer tyers. All you need to do is tie up one of Carrie’s famous Grey Ghosts. Simple. Except that you will need to tie it sans vise, and with only a few basic tools. I have tied a few flies myself without the aid of a vise and I can speak for the challenge this provides. Below are the rules laid out by Chris.
You have one shot to tie a Gray Ghost by hand, without a vise – just as Carrie herself did.
One try only. One shot, one fly.
No practice, No ‘do-overs’, No backtracking.
No special tools. Bodkin, Bobbin (for thread only) and scissors are the only tools allowed. Feel free to do without them, if you wish.
Please adhere to the original pattern. Generic floss would be an acceptable sub for silk, as would Mylar tinsel for metal.
You may pre-assemble the wings (by hand), just as Carrie did. In fact, I would encourage this in the interest of being true to her methods. The use of glue in this process is also permitted, as there is evidence, based on her millinery background, that she employed it.
Looks like fun.
Scott Dasiewich’s Grey Ghost