I just finished tying eleven different Carrie Stevens streamer patterns for some of my orders. I decided to photograph them, carded, and then post them here with the recipes. A few of these flies have already been posted here, but my intent with this series is to simply post the fly and recipe, and maybe a few notes. They will be placed in my topic, Carrie Stevens Pattern Dictionary. Anytime you want to visit this category, you can select it under the “Category” list, or type in Carrie Stevens Pattern Dictionary in the search tab. I hope to expand this list as a reference source for interested fly tiers.
The America was one of four patriotic patterns that Carrie created during World War II to generate support for the war effort. The other three patterns are the General MacArthur, Casablanca, and Victory. All have heads finished with bands of red, white, and blue thread.
Here is the America:
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: Equal bands of red, white, and blue in that sequence
To view or purchase Don Bastian’s Carrie Stevens Collector’s Edition Patriotic Set no. 3, visit: http://www.myflies.com/Carrie-Stevens-Streamer-Patterns-Collectors-Edition-Set-No-3-P730.aspx