Delia's White Ghost

February 2014



                               Fly Pattern: Delia's White Ghost 

            Tyer's Name: Jeffrey Delia
            Date: February 3,2014

    Fly Originator and History: "This pattern was created by my brother Russell 
    Delia and myself after many years of fishing the Puget Sound estuaries for returning 
    Salmon of all species and Sea-run Cutthroat Trout. It can be tied in many colors 
    using Lite-Brite dubbing. This fly has caught King, Silver, Chum, and Sockeye Salmon, 
    Steelhead,  Perch, Flounder and is my second favorite fly for Sea-run Cutthroat Trout. 
    This pattern has caught more salmon in the last 20 years than any other pattern 
    I have used in the Puget Sound area."
        ...Jeffrey Delia

                                How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: "I usually fish this fly on a floating line but it 
    can be tied with metal wire on the hook shank or fished on an intermediate sinking 
    line if the fish are deeper in the water column."
    Suggested retrieve: "It is important to note that I fish this fly on a dead drift 
    most of the time and when I do retrieve the fly it is with very short, one inch 
    strips with pauses in between to suggest the natural movement of small shrimp, 
    isopods, copepods, and amphipods that are all part of sea-run cutthroat and salmon diets." 
        ...Jeffrey Delia
    Depth:  At least 1-foot of water, just after high tide. 
    Comments: Use a 6 weight rod and be able to cast about 30 to 40-feet. 

                                Fly Material
    Hook: "Mustad 9671 or 9672 sizes 10,12,14. I tye most of my ghosts #12. Any 
    similar hooks from other companies can be used." ...JD
    Thread: Flat waxed nylon in clear or color to match body.
    Bead: Gold bead, to match hook size.
    Tail: Quality partridge tail, grey mottled.
    Body: "Polar Pearl Lite-Brite dubbing is my favorite color but I tye this fly 
    in yellow,light red, pink, green, and polar orange for all Salmon and cutthroat trout."
    Collar hackle: Quality partridge tail, grey mottled.
    Comments:  "I also tye this pattern for Steelhead on a larger salt water hook 
    using all the above colors as well as a black Lite-Brite or similar black dubbing 
    material." ...JD

                                Tying Steps
    1. Place a gold bead onto the hook. Jeff likes to build up a barrier of thread 
    right behind the bead to keep it in place. Lay down a thread base from behind the 
    bead to a point above the barb.

    2. Tail. Select about 10 or 12 fine tail feather barbs, and tie them in at the 
    bend. Run the thread fore and aft, securing the bundle. 

    3. Body. Jeff likes to take a wrap, then twist the dubbing as he wraps forward.  
    At the bend, add a small amount of dubbing to the thread and wrap (and twist) 
    forward to the bead; forming a tapered body.

    4. Collar hackle. Select a fine, grey mottled feather and remove the duff. With 
    the concave side of the feather facing to the rear, tie in the feather by the stem, 
    right behind the bead. Give the stem a couple of wraps, then fold the remaining part 
    of the stem back over the wraps and add a few more wraps to secure the feather. 
    Cut off the excess.

    5.Wrap the feather behind the bead, forming a soft hackle collar. Secure the 
    feather with a couple of wraps, and pinch-off the excess.

    6. Apply a small amount of head cement to the thread, then wrap the thread directly 
    behind the bead, and whip finish. 


		        Jeffrey Delia / Rick Shadforth 04/08/14