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.
Just spotted on eBay is a nice Carrie Stevens Green Beauty size #4. The bidding has just reached about 80 dollars, but I would think that the fly should end up going for about 250-300 US. This fly has the original card and cellophane. Auction ends Dec 20, 200920:38:50 EST.
I have always admired Al’s streamers and this is the first time I have actually tied one. I found this pattern in the book “A Compendium of Canadian Fly Patterns” by Bob Jones and Paul Marriner. The book includes a few of Al’s streamers as well as some 1600 other flies, a must have for any fly tyers library. The red wing on the pattern reminds me a bit of Al’s Maligne Laker, a killer in Jasper’s trophy brookie lakes.
Hook: Mustad 3665A
Tag: Silver Mylar tinsel
Rib: Silver Mylar tinsel
Body: Olive silk
Belly: White bucktail
Wing: Red grizzly hackle (4) 2 each side
Shoulder: Golden pheasant tippet
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: black thread