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New England Streamers
First published before January 1st 2001 - More than 14 years ago
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.