Published Mar 23. 1999 - 16 years ago

Carrie Stevens II

One of the true parents of streamer fly fishing, particularly in New England, she brought forth the Gray Ghost. The popularity of her 25 years of fly tying is exemplified by this fly, a streamer that has traveled not only throughout the United States but all over the world.

Mrs. Carrie G. Stevens is one of the true parents of streamer fly fishing, particularly in New England. From her home in Upper Dam (at the outlet of Mooselookmeguntic Lake as it flows into Richardson Lake in Maine's Rangeley Lakes Region), she brought forth the Gray Ghost. The popularity of her 25 years of fly tying is exemplified by this fly, a streamer that has traveled not only throughout the United States but all over the world.
A bit over a year ago, Bob Skehan used this web site to feature the creations of Carrie Stevens. He presented 20 well-known patterns of hers. During her fly-tying career, she created many different fly patterns, but until recently, few in addition to these 20 were available in print. In the last few months, however, two books have been printed that feature the flies of Carrie Stevens. The first (Hilyard, G.R. and L.K. Hilyard. 2000. Carrie G. Stevens Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA) focuses completely on Carrie's work and includes 93 patterns and photographs of over 60 flies tied by her. The second (Schmookler, P. and I. V. Sils. 1999. Forgotten Flies. The Compete Sportsman, Millis, MA) features five tyers and includes about 170 Carrie Stevens patterns and some of the most beautiful photographs of streamer flies ever produced. This large number of "new" patterns were collected from numerous private holdings and a few museum collections.

Bob Skehan, in his earlier feature, stated "No page featuring New England Streamers would be complete without a portion dedicated to Carrie G. Stevens." The importance of Mrs. Stevens to the development of New England Streamers warrants at least two portions of this site dedicated to her work. These two new books have provided the material on which this feature is based. Please note that the origin of some of these flies is unclear. Without question, they were tied and sold by Mrs. Stevens. However, some may have been her version of a fly originating with another tyer. We have attempted to include only those that are most reliably attributed to Carrie Stevens.

Wes Autio


ALLIE'S DELIGHT

Submitted By Wes Autio

ALLIE'S DELIGHT Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILYellow schlappen
BODYFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATYellow schlappen
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WEEKTwo white hackles, outside of which are two grizzly hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


ALL ORANGE

Submitted By Chris Del Plato

ALL ORANGE Image

HOOK6X long streamer
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYOrange bucktail
THROATOrange hackle fibers
WINGSix orange saddle hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


AMERICA

Submitted By Glenn Seibert

AMERICA Image

HOOKPartridge Carrie Stevens CS15 #4
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILWhite hackle fibers
BODYFlat silver tinsel
THROATWhite hackle fibers
WINGTwo white hackles, outside of which are two red hackles, outside of which are two blue hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with bands of red, white, and blue
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


BIG BEN

Submitted By Bob Skehan

BIG BEN Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
BODYRed silk
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATYellow grizzly
UNDERWINGSilver pheasant crest
WINGTwo white hackles, outside of which are two yellow grizzly hackles
SHOULDERGolden pheasant tippet
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with an orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


BLACK CAT

Submitted By Wes Autio

BLACK CAT Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILRed schlappen
BODYFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATBlack schlappen
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGFour black hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
TOPRed schlappen
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with an orange band
SOURCEFlat silver tinsel


BLUE CHARM

Submitted By Wes Autio

BLUE CHARM Image

HOOKMustad 94720 #2
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILYellow schlappen
BODYFlat silver tinsel
THROATYellow schlappen
WINGFour blue hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with an orange or red band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard
NOTEThis fly may have been Mrs. Stevens' version of a salmon fly of the same name.


BLUE DRAGON

Submitted By Wes Autio

BLUE DRAGON Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILYellow schlappen
BODYFlat silver tinsel
THROATYellow schlappen
WINGTwo gray hackles, outside of which are two blue hackles, outside of which are two grizzly hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


CANARY

Submitted By Wes Autio

CANARY Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILBlack schlappen
BODYFlat silver tinsel
BELLYYellow bucktail
THROATYellow schlappen
WINGSix yellow hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
TOPRed schlappen
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


CANARY CUSTOM

Submitted By Wes Autio

CANARY CUSTOM Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
THROATYellow schlappen
WINGSix yellow hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


CHARLES E. WHEELER

Submitted By Wes Autio

CHARLES E. WHEELER Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYRed silk floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATWhite schlappen
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGFour gray hackles
SHOULDERRed hen over barred teal
CHEEKJungle cock
TOPRed schlappen
HEADFlat silver tinsel
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard and Schmookler & Sils


DEMON

Submitted By Wes Autio

DEMON Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 6X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATWhite schlappen
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
SHOULDERLady Amherst pheasant tippet
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEFlat silver tinsel


EMBDEN FANCY

Submitted By Bob Petti

EMBDEN FANCY Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
BODYFlat Silver Tinsel
BELLYWhite Bucktail
THROATGray Mallard Flank Fibers
UNDERWINGFour to six strands of peacock herl
WINGwo blue hackles, outside of which are two orange hackles, outside of which are two yellow grizzly hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with an orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard


FIREFLY

Submitted By Bob Petti

FIREFLY Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite Bucktail
THROATGray Hackle Fibers
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGTwo gray hackles, outside of which are two yellow hackles, outside of which are two orange hackles (slightly shorter)
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


F.R.S. FANCY

Submitted By Chris Del Plato

F.R.S. FANCY Image

HOOK6X long streamer
BODYFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATWhite hackle fibers
WINGOrange bucktail, over which is brown bucktail
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with an orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


GOLDEN WITCH

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

GOLDEN WITCH Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite goat (or bucktail) past bend
THROATGrizzly hackle
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
SHOULDERGolden pheasant tippet
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


GOLDEN WITCH SPECIAL

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

GOLDEN WITCH SPECIAL Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail past bend
THROATGrizzly hackle
UNDERWINGFour to five peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
SHOULDERLady Amherst pheasant tippet
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCESchmookler & Sils


GOLDEN WITCH VARIATION #1

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

GOLDEN WITCH VARIATION #1 Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYBrown millinery thread
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite goat past bend
THROATGrizzly hackle
UNDERWINGFour to five peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
SHOULDERGolden pheasant tippet
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCEFlat silver tinsel


GOLDEN WITCH VARIATION #2

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

GOLDEN WITCH VARIATION #2 Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYBlack floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
WINGFour grizzly hackles
SHOULDERLady Amherst pheasant tippet
CHEEKLarge jungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCESchmookler & Sils


GREEN WEAVER

Submitted By Wes Autio

GREEN WEAVER Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATOlive schlappen
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGTwo olive hackles, outside of which are two white hackles (slightly shorter)
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with an orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard


GREEN WITCH

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

GREEN WITCH Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail past bend
THROATGolden pheasant crest, below which in green grizzly hackle
UNDERWINGFour to five peacock herls
WINGFour green grizzly hackles
CHEEKLarge jungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils


GREY WITCH

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

GREY WITCH Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
BODYFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail past bend
THROATOrange hackle
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCESchmookler & Sils


GREY WITCH CUSTOM

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

GREY WITCH CUSTOM Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail past bend
THROATWhite hackle
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
CHEEKLarge jungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCESchmookler & Sils


GREY WITCH VARIATION #1

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

GREY WITCH VARIATION #1 Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYThick red millinery thread
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail past bend
THROATGolden pheasant crest curving upward
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
CHEEKLarge jungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCESchmookler & Sils


GREY WITCH VARIATION #2

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

GREY WITCH VARIATION #2 Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYThick red millinery thread
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail past bend
THROATGolden pheasant crest curving upward
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
CHEEKLarge jungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCESchmookler & Sils


HAMMERHEAD

Submitted By Wes Autio

HAMMERHEAD Image

HOOKMustad 94720 #2
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYRed floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYFour to six peacock herls, below which is white bucktail
THROATOrange schlappen, below which is black schlappen
WINGTwo orange hackles, outside of which are two black hackles (slightly shorter)
SHOULDERGolden pheasant tippet
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils


HAPPY GARRISON

Submitted By Bob Skehan

HAPPY GARRISON Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
BODYFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATWhite hackle fibers, below which is a short golden pheasant crest feather
UNDERWINGLong golden pheasant crest feather
WINGTwo pink hackles, outside of which are two golden pheasant hackles (slightly shorter)
SHOULDERYellow golden pheasant rump feather
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


HUMMER

Submitted By Wes Autio

HUMMER Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATWhite schlappen
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
SHOULDERWood duck (barred)
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEFlat silver tinsel


INDIAN ROCK

Submitted By Wes Autio

INDIAN ROCK Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
BODYFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATWhite schlappen
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGTwo red hackles, outside of which are two olive hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a red head with a black band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard


JENNY LIND

Submitted By Wes Autio

JENNY LIND Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYYellow bucktail
THROATYellow schlappen
UNDERWINGGolden pheasant crest
WINGFour blue hackles
SHOULDERRed duck
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a red head with a black band
SOURCEFlat silver tinsel
NOTEThe origin of this fly is unclear and may not be an original Stevens pattern.


JITTERBUG

Submitted By Dave Talley

JITTERBUG Image

HOOKHeritage Allcock #2
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
THROATBlack hackle fibers
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGTwo green hackles, outside of which are two orange hackles, outside of which are two pink hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard; Schmookler & Sils


LADY KILLER

Submitted By Wes Autio

LADY KILLER Image

HOOKPartridge Carrie Stevens CS15 #4
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILRed schlappen
BODYRed floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
THROATWhite schlappen
WINGTwo yellow hackles, outside of which are two white hackles
SHOULDERRed hen
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with bands of black, red, black, and red
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard


LAKEWOOD

Submitted By Wes Autio

LAKEWOOD Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATOrange schlappen
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGTwo black hackles, outside of which are two olive hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with an orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard


LARRY'S SPECIAL

Submitted By Wes Autio

LARRY'S SPECIAL Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILOrange schlappen
BODYBlack floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
THROATOrange schlappen
WINGTwo white hackles, outside of which are two black hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils


MERRY WIDOW

Submitted By Wes Autio

MERRY WIDOW Image

HOOKMustad 94720 #2
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILYellow schlappen
BODYFlat silver tinsel
THROATYellow schlappen
WINGFour red hackles, outside of which are two white hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard


MICKEY DOODLE

Submitted By Wes Autio

MICKEY DOODLE Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
BODYFlat silver tinsel
BELLYYellow bucktail
THROATYellow schlappen
WINGTwo red hackles, outside of which are two yellow hackles
SHOULDERRed duck
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils


ORANGE MILLER

Submitted By Wes Autio

ORANGE MILLER Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
BODYFlat gold tinsel
BELLYOrange bucktail
THROATOrange schlappen
WINGFour orange hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with an orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard


RAPID RIVER

Submitted By Bob Skehan

RAPID RIVER Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange silk
RIBFlat silver tinsel
THROATGreen hackle fibers, below which are pink hackle fibers, below which is a short golden pheasant crest feather
WINGTwo lime-green hackles, outside of which are two gray hackles
SHOULDERGray mallard flank
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with an orange band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils


ROYAL TIGER

Submitted By Wes Autio

ROYAL TIGER Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILRed schlappen
BODYRed floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
THROATRed schlappen
WINGFour golden badger hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a red head with a black band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils


VICTORY

Submitted By Wes Autio

VICTORY Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILRed schlappen
BODYRed floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATRed schlappen
WINGTwo blue hackles, outside of which are two gray hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with bands of red, white, and blue
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils


WATER WITCH

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

WATER WITCH Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
BODYRed floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail past bend
THROATLight olive hackle, below which is a golden pheasant crest
UNDERWINGFour to five peacock herls
WINGTwo light olive hackles, outside of which are two grizzly hackles (slightly shorter)
SHOULDERYellow golden pheasant rump
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with a red band
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils


WHITE DEVIL

Submitted By Wes Autio

WHITE DEVIL Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYBlack floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail
THROATBlue schlappen
UNDERWINGFour to six peacock herls
WINGTwo orange hackles, outside of which are two white hackles
SHOULDERBrown barred partridge
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEFlat silver tinsel


WHITE GHOST

Submitted By Wes Autio

WHITE GHOST Image

HOOKGaelic Supreme Mike Martinek #1 8X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYOrange floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYFour peacock herls, below which is white bucktail
THROATWhite schlappen, below which is a golden pheasant crest
UNDERWINGGolden pheasant crest
WINGFour white hackles
SHOULDERFour white hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADCarrie Stevens tied it with a black head with either a red or orange band
SOURCEFlat silver tinsel


WITCH

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

WITCH Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
BODYYellow floss
RIBFlat silver tinsel
BELLYWhite bucktail past bend
THROATGrizzly hackle
UNDERWINGFour to five peacock herls
WINGFour grizzly hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADJungle cock
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils


YELLOW WITCH

Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

YELLOW WITCH Image

HOOKMustad 94720 8 X
TAGFlat silver tinsel
TAILBlack hackle
BODYFlat silver tinsel
THROATPink hackle
WINGTwo pink hackles, outside of which are two yellow grizzly hackles
CHEEKJungle cock
HEADJungle cock
SOURCEHilyard & Hilyard: Schmookler & Sils

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