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One of my friends is getting married next week and he asked me if I would make some brooch pins for his wedding party. He had originally chosen the Grey Ghost streamer fly pattern but after deciding on gray suits changed his mind. We tested out the Carrie Streamer pattern the Victory but finally he settled on the Black Ghost Custom. This fly was Carrie Stevens rendering of the Herb Welch fly. It was fun to tie and had its challenges. First we did not get the hooks with the pins on until last week, so I was under the gun to get these done. Second, I have made only a few brooch pins and they were done with Peggy Brenner, they were hair wing flies. These have two posts on the far side of the hook. Most have one post or a pin. We needed the two posts because of the length of the hook shank to keep it from rotating on the jacket. With two post the rib spacing got challenging as the posts were hand done and not exactly in the same spot on each hook. The post closets to the eye crowded the far side wing, cheek and jungle cock which took some adjustment on each of the flies. As with many of these the first one was a breeze, it was trying to get the rest to match that was the challenge. They came out great, they were fun to do and I'm sure they will all look great wearing them on June 2, 2018.
Scott Biron is a fly tyer from New Hampshire.