Charles E. Wheeler, Shang’s Favorite, Shang’s Special

This photo is of the two dozen Carrie Stevens streamer patterns that I tied at my family cabin over the recent three-day weekend spent there with some friends. I was primarily tying flies as evidenced by these photos. The hooks are what I prefer to use; the Mike Martinek / Carrie Stevens Rangeley style streamer hooks, made in England by Gaelic Supreme.

Left to right: Charles E. Wheeler, Shang's Favorite, Shang's Special; eight of each pattern, hook sizes are #1 - 6x and 8x long, and #2 - 8x long.

All three of these patterns were created in honor of Charles E. Wheeler, of Stratford, Connecticut. He was a family friend of Maine Guide Wallace Stevens and his famous fly tying wife, Carrie G. Stevens. His nickname was Shang, hence the Shang’s Favorite and Shang’s Special. The best source for information on Carrie Stevens is the book Carrie Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies, by Graydon and Leslie Hilyard, Stackpole Books, 2000 and 2011.

5 comments on “Charles E. Wheeler, Shang’s Favorite, Shang’s Special

  1. Really cool to see so many all in one spot Don. I mostly tie in ones or twos, but I might have to scale up a bit. 🙂

  2. Kelly L says:

    Don, these just take your breath away. They are stunning! Thanks for showing these off. Beautiful work, and I love seeing them next to each other like that.

    • Kelly, as always, I appreciate your comments and compliments! I am pleased that you and others enjoy what I do here, it makes it worthwhile. I enjoy tying these flies, so posting photos of my efforts spreads the enjoyment a little. Thank you!

  3. Dave Wood says:

    All beautiful – just as appropriate for hanging on the wall or catching a mess o’ salmon!

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