I am adding another of the four patriotic streamer flies originated by Carrie Stevens during World War II. They are the America, Casablanca, General MacArthur, and Victory. This is the America.
Hook: Any brand of long shank streamer hook will do.
Thread: White Danville 3/0 Monocord. When 3/0 monocord is used it should be specified as such, since Danville also makes a size B monocord
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: White hackle fibers
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Throat: White hackle fibers
Wing: Two white hackles flanked on each side by one red hackle, flanked on each side by one blue hackle
Cheeks: Jungle cock
Head: Red, white, and blue – Danville Flymaster 6/0 #56 red, #1 White, and blue 3/0 monocord, which is a discontinued color.
The head cement I am presently using is Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails. It takes 5 – 6 coats to eliminate the thread tracks. It’s nice and clear and smooth. I have some Grif’s Thick that I might try, but that head cement is no longer manufactured. I am using these cements because Wapsi Gloss Coat, which I initially loved for its quick-building, smooth,shiny finish, with no bubbles. It turned out to be a disappointment because it gets blotchy and gray after a couple months, even when I used the proper Wapsi Gloss Coat Thinner, after having the problem initially when I used lacquer thinner. The Gloss Coat did not improve its performance even when I used the correct thinner. Any cement or adhesive made specifically for fly tying that does not meet my standards will not have a place on my tying bench. However, I still use the gloss coat if I am finishing it with black Pro-Lak or other colors of head lacquer.
Classic streamer devotees prefer to replicate these flies on heritage style hooks such as Mustad 3665A, 94720, and 7957 return-loop eye hooks, or on classic replications such as the Gaelic Supreme hooks. The Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style hooks are actually made using an antique hook provided to Grahame Maisey of Belvoirdale / Gaelic Supreme by noted streamer authority, Michael Martinek, Jr. of Massachusetts, a good many years ago. The manufacturer in England certified that the hook Mike provided was a pre-War vintage Allcock, made by his father who worked for Allcock, and was a non-cataloged long-shank hook that Carrie Stevens special-ordered from Allcock.
Below is a photo of a carded America.
And another, a horizontal image:
I have a few hundred of these cards yet, though the phone number is no longer mine; I just figure that will change when I have new ones made.