Successful Streamer Pattern: The Blood and Guts Streamer
Words and images by Partridge ambassador Scott Biron
PRO-Team member Scott Biron provides us with a tutorial for tying the Blood and Guts Streamer Pattern.
The Blood and Guts Streamer, developed by Ken Welch, tied by Scott Biron.
Fly patterns have a wide variety of names. Some are named for the lake they get fished in; others are named for individuals. Then there are the ones that are given catchy names….the Blood and Guts is one of those. The fly was developed by Ken Welch of NH and I have seen a number of versions of this pattern all with slight differences added by the individual tyers. The version in this article is as close to the original as I can find the only thing, I have changed is that I tied it on a longer hook for trolling.
Blood and Gut’s Special Recipe:
|Hook:||Partridge CS17-7X Heritage Streamer #4 (tied here on a CS5-9X #4)|
|Tail||Red brown golden pheasant body feather|
|Body:||Flat silver tinsel, varnished|
|Belly:||Small bunch of gold kit goat or gold microlon just past bend of hook, below this add another red brown golden pheasant body feather same as the tail, three golden pheasant crests below that then four strands of root beer crystal flash.|
|Wing:||Short jungle cock eyes.|
|Head:||Black (some versions use red head)|
The Blood and Gut’s Special Streamer Tutorial
Lay a base of thread down on the hook .
Tie in the tail and tie in the silver tinsel, I lay a base of varnish on the thread base.
wrap the tinsel forward with overlapping wraps then varnish the tinsel, this adds some extra durability to the fly.
Attach the Microlon to the underside of the hook, sparseis the key here.
Add the red brown golden pheasant body feather and tie in the three golden pheasant crests.
Turn the hook over and attach the four strands of root beer crystal flash then varnish the thread for durability.
Attach the three GPC to form the wing of the fly and varnish for durability.
Short jungle cok eyes are the last material to tie in.
Several coats of varnish are added to complete the head.
The fly looks great wet, the red brown tail and belly gives the fly the look of being injured which may be why the fly is so effective.
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 beloved Androscoggin River. Scott is an active fly tying instructor for NH Fish & Game and is popular tying and instructing in national, international and regional shows. He was awarded a 2017 NH Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant and studied fly tying including Traditional New England Streamer patterns and progressed to Classic Salmon Flies. Since then he has become a Master Artist in the Traditional Arts Program. He had an apprentice working under him during 2021.
Scott 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. He enjoys instructing 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. Scott is considered an expert on large group instruction and offers dozens of classes year round. Each year he is an volunteer instructor at NH Fish & Game's Camp Barry's Fish Camp where he instructs over 50 campers in fly tying and fly fishing. Scott is a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, an Ambassador for the American Museum of Fly Fishing. He is a regular contributor to the Fly Dressers Guild Journal and the NH Wildlife Journal. Scott is on the Partridge of Redditch, Sprite Hooks, Cortland, Riversmith and Ewing Feather Birds Pro Teams. He is on the Ambassador Pro Team for HMH Vises. Ewing has come out with a signature series line of feathers under Scott’s name.
New London, New Hampshire USA
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