Possibly the most popular Rangeley style streamer fly.  First tied by Carrie Stevens in 1924 to imitate a smelt.  It’s been documented that she tied with the material available and that included the different shades of wing feathers which she dyed herself.  This one is using a medium dun-olive Ewing Steamer feather which gives it a smelt like color in the water.  


This pattern was the basis for dozens of Ghost patterns that were developed after this.  Each one altering the wing or body color and providing anglers with a chance to catch a large trout or landlocked salmon.


Hook: Partridge CS17-9X #2 Heritage Streamer Hook
Tag:  Flat silver tinsel
Body: Orange floss

Rib:  Flat silver tinsel
Belly: 4-6 strands of peacock herl followed by a small bunch of white bucktail
Throat: Golden pheasant crest
Underwing: A long golden pheasant crest extending past the hook bend
Wing: 4 olive-grey hackles
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black (with red band optional)


Scott A. Biron

Scott Biron cut his teeth learning to tie flies and fly fish back in the 1960s in the North County of New Hampshire. He has fished many of the streams north of route 26 in NH and his favorite the Androscoggin River. An active fly tying instructor for NH Fish & Game and is popular tying and instructing in regional shows. Scott was awarded the 2017 NH Traditional Arts Grant and studied the art of fly tying under Peggy Brenner.

In March of 2018 he ​was added to the prestigious NH Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing. He has a strong interest in historical NH fly tyers and their lost patterns and has published, researched, instructed as well as demonstrated many of these lost NH fly patterns. Scott instructs individuals of all ages in the art of fly tying and is known for including the history of these tyers and their flies in his instruction. Each year he is a volunteer instructor at NH Fish & Game's Camp Barry's Fish Camp where he instructs over 50 young campers in fly tying and fly fishing. A member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and author for the NH Wildlife Journal with an article on Caddis Flies.

Scott is a member of the Regal Vice Pro Team, Partridge Pro Endorsed Team, Solarez Pro Team, Ewing Feather Birds Pro Team a Fulling Mill Ambassador and enjoys relationships with Orvis, Loon Outdoors and Hareline.

New London, New Hampshire USA