Carrie Stevens' Streamer Patterns

Raske's New England Streamers

By Bob Skehan

No page featuring New England Streamers would be complete without a portion dedicated to Carrie G. Stevens, of Madison, Maine. Mrs. Stevens is the originator or the Grey Ghost, one of the most well-known and effective New England Streamer patterns to have been tied, and still a popular choice as a trolling and casting streamer today.

The story behind the origination of the Grey Ghost is well known. Carrie, the wife of Maine Guide Wallace Stevens, took a break from her camp chores and tied a streamer which would resemble a small baitfish. She tied a bunch of white bucktail under the hook, and two olive-grey saddle hackles on top of the hook, then took her creation to the Upper Dam pool, where she promptly hooked a 6 lb, 13 oz brook trout. She entered this fish into a contest which was being held by Field And Stream, winning second prize, and receiving a flood or orders for her new pattern. She found herself in the flytying business.

The Grey Ghost evolved a bit from the simple pattern which she caught the prize-winning brookie on, and she continued to create other patterns...some of which caught fish, others of which caught fishermen! Her commercial pattern trademark was a head that featured a band of a contrasting color thread. Black heads typically featured a red band, while red heads featured a black band. She also tied her streamers in a unique way for the time, by attaching the wings on the side of the hook shank, instead of the top as most streamer wings were/are attached. This became known as the "Rangeley Style".

The patterns featured below were not all tied in the true Rangeley Style devised by Stevens, as this style of tying obscures the body of the streamer. I've taken the liberty to move the wings up a bit so that at least a portion of the body can be seen in the images.

Some Patterns Originated By Ms. Stevens

Page 1
Allie's Favorite - Artula - Blue Devil - Colonel Bates
Page 2
Dazzler - Don's Delight - General MacArthur - Golden Witch
Page 3
Green Beauty - Green Hornet - Gray Ghost - Greyhound
Page 4
Judge - Lady Miller - Morning Glory - Shang's Favorite
Page 5
Shang's Special - Tomahawk - Will Ketch - Wizard


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User comments
From: Frank Carta · fecarta·at·  Link
Submitted March 9th 2012

Hi,Carrie G. Stevens is a great aunt of mine. Just had a long conversation with a customer of mine who's son in law is the inventor of the Cut throat leader and did a quick search for Carrie to see what is written. A relative of mine, Monk, in Maine has has one of the largest Rainbows taken in Maine with the gray Ghost mounted in his living room.

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