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Carrie Stevens Patterns II - Intro and Text Index




By Wes Autio (Introduction and Feature Coordination)

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.

Contributed By: Pattern Name:
Wes Autio ALLIE'S DELIGHT
Chris Del Plato ALL ORANGE
Glenn Seibert AMERICA
Bob Skehan BIG BEN
Wes Autio BLACK CAT
Wes Autio BLUE CHARM
Wes Autio BLUE DRAGON
Wes Autio CANARY
Wes Autio CANARY CUSTOM
Wes Autio CHARLES E. WHEELER
Wes Autio DEMON
Bob Petti EMBDEN FANCY
Bob Petti FIREFLY
Chris Del Plato F.R.S. FANCY
Lindsey Grandison GOLDEN WITCH
Lindsey Grandison GOLDEN WITCH SPECIAL
Lindsey Grandison GOLDEN WITCH VARIATION #1
Lindsey Grandison GOLDEN WITCH VARIATION #2
Wes Autio GREEN WEAVER
Lindsey Grandison GREEN WITCH
Lindsey Grandison GREY WITCH
Lindsey Grandison GREY WITCH CUSTOM
Lindsey Grandison GREY WITCH VARIATION #1
Lindsey Grandison GREY WITCH VARIATION #2
Wes Autio HAMMERHEAD
Bob Skehan HAPPY GARRISON
Wes Autio HUMMER
Wes Autio INDIAN ROCK
Wes Autio JENNY LIND
Dave Talley JITTERBUG
Wes Autio LADY KILLER
Wes Autio LAKEWOOD
Wes Autio LARRY'S SPECIAL
Wes Autio MERRY WIDOW
Wes Autio MICKEY DOODLE
Wes Autio ORANGE MILLER
Bob Skehan RAPID RIVER
Wes Autio ROYAL TIGER
Wes Autio VICTORY
Lindsey Grandison WATER WITCH
Wes Autio WHITE DEVIL
Wes Autio WHITE GHOST
Lindsey Grandison WITCH
Lindsey Grandison YELLOW WITCH

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