The museum will include a show-cased exhibit of the largest collection of Carrie Stevens streamer flies in the world. Stevens, an ardent local angler who lived in a cottage at Upper Dam, designed the popular Gray Ghost streamer fly and created many others. Included among the museum’s collection of various fish mounts is an 11- pound brook trout caught at Upper Dam in the 1890s!
Included in the collection is Carrie’s last fly, the Pink Lady.
When Carrie Stevens decided to discontinue her fly tying business in the 1950’s, she sold her remaining tying material to Wendall Folckins. He and George Fletcher, owner of the Rangeley Region Sport Shop, asked Carrie to show them her tying technique. She did it by creating the last fly she ever tied, this Pink Lady. This fly will also be donated to the Museum in the name of a future major donor.
It’s been a couple months since I’ve seen the last Stevens fly, and so I was happy to see another one posted up on eBay. The seller has a letter of authenticity from Paul Schmookler and was purchased in 2006. Paul was the publisher of The Art of Angling Journal as well as the 2 volume set of Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials.
This is one of my top 5 Carrie flies and while I will be watching and bidding, I am almost positive it will go beyond my reach.
Hook: 6xl or longer streamer hook Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 white (switch to finish head) Tail: Red hackle fibers under white under blue Body: Flat silver tinsel Throat: Red hackle fibers under white under blue Wing: Two white saddle hackles, flanked by light blue saddle hackles, flanked by grizzly saddle hackles Cheeks:Jungle cock nail Head: Blue, then white, then red at the eye
Tied and designed by Darren MacEachern
Hook: Mustad 3907A #2
Thread: 6/0 White
Tag: Silver embossed tinsel
Body: Chinese red floss
Rib: Silver embossed tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Underwing: Purple peacock herl
Wing: 2 badger hackles flanked by to Coque de Leon hackles
Shoulder: Copper Pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock