The Super Duper Streamer Tied on a Partridge CS5DE-5X Straight-Eye Streamer 5X

Words and images from Partridge Ambassador Scott Biron.
Pattern Originator: Ora Smith

PRO-Team member Scott Biron provides a tutorial for the Super Duper Streamer tied on a Partridge of Redditch CS5DE-5X Heritage Streamer.

I don’t have a lot of information on the Super Duper Streamer other than it is one of the many patterns Ora Smith developed that uses golden pheasant crests for the wing.  This is one of his older patterns.  As the price of Golden Pheasant Crest (GPC) rose he got away from using them and went to a synthetic hair.  Today you could sub out the GPC and use FluroFiber in gold.

The construction of this pattern was what drew me to it as well as how effective GPC are in the waters where I fish.  First the 3 beads in the middle of the shank.  I began thinking how did Ora tie this fly?  How did he get the beads in place?

The key for me was the hook, the Partridge Heritage Streamer Hook CS5DE-5x #2.  These are the perfect size and because they are so strong they can really take a beating.  The beads will allow the fly to sink quickly and if you hook the bottom the strength of these hooks will be important.

Hook:Partridge CS5DE-5X Straight Eye Streamer #2
Tail:Red Calf tail.
Body:Rear red embossed tinsel
Middle three red beads
Front red embossed tinsel.
 Wing:Six to Eight, Golden Pheasant Crests as long as the tail.
Over Wing:Short Mallard.
Shoulder:Bronze Mallard slips.
Eye:Jungle Cock.


The Super Duper Streamer Tutorial

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Step One

I start with the beads on my shank.


Step Two

Tie in the calf tail and wrap the tail on top of the shank.  The key here is to position the beads mid shank and then trim the calf tail waste where you want the rear bead to be positioned.  The calf tail will prevent the rear bead from slipping backward. 

Tie in the tinsel and make sure you cover the shank under where the beads will sit with red thread.


Step Three

Wrap the tinsel forward and tie it off.  Using a long whip finisher, do 2 whip finishes and then cut the thread. Position the beads by sliding them rearward.

The Silver Doctor

Step Four

Start your thread in front of the beads and take it up towards the eye.  Its important to give yourself ample room behind the eye because you will be tying in a lot of materials and you don’t want to crowd the eye.

Tie in some red floss, I’m using 2 strands.


Step Five

Wrap the floss rearward, then back to behind the eye, wrap your thread rearward to the front bead and tie in the front tinsel.  Wrap the tinsel forward and tie of.


Step Six

The floss helps build up the front body so it matches the rear body. Tie in the first GPC, you want the tip to end where the tail ends.

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Step Seven

These GPC get tied on individually.  You can wax your thread or crimp the stems with flat pliers before you tie these in.  It’s not a bad idea to use head cement after each stem is tied on.  Tie in 6-8 GPC.


Step Eight

The floss helps build up the front body so it matches the rear body. Tie in the first GPC, you want the tip to end where the tail ends.

Finished Super Duper Streamer

The Finished Super Duper Streamer Pattern. Tied on a Partridge of Redditch CS5DE-5X

There you have the Super Duper Streamer.  A solid attractor pattern that will work well for both trout and salmon.

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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