Scott Biron at his tying desk, a tied fly sitting in a vise in front of him.
The Gray Glory

On Thursday, July 6, AMFF Ambassador Scott Biron joined Curator Jim Schottenham for an educational look at the streamer fly. Scott is an active fly tying instructor for NH Fish & Game and is a popular attraction when presenting his instructional tying lessons at national, international and regional shows. Scott and Jim discussed the history behind the streamer pattern in the U. S., with a focus on the patterns of Ray Salminen, a man who was close friends with Joe Brooks. Scott also showed us how to tie one of Ray’s flies, the Gray Glory.

Gray Glory Streamer (documented by Scott Biron)

Ray Salminen streamer pattern using a Ewing Signature Series saddles. Created for Moosehead Lake after observing smelt at the Moose River inlet. Tied as a tandem or single.

Hook: Partridge Cs5/9X, CS15 Sizes #2-4 or using G3A/L #4/#6 for the tandem, Mason Multistrand 60 LB. is used for connecting wire
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: Sparse white bucktail past the hook bend
Wing: 4 bronze peacock herls with 4 slate gray Ewing signature series saddle hackles tied over the herls
Shoulder: Lemon woodduck (on tandem shoulder covers front hook)
Cheeks: Jungle cock
Head: Black