The Casablanca was one of four patriotic patterns that Carrie Stevens created during World War II to help generate support for the war effort. The film Casablanca probably provided the inspiration for Carrie to create this pattern. The other three flies are the America, General MacArthur, and Victory.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Body: Flat gold tinsel
Underbelly: White bucktail
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: Four white hackles flanked on each side by one slightly shorter dark violet hackle – I used claret, it’s close enough to dark violet to me. The sample in the Hilyard Carrie Stevens book appears to have outer wings of nearly black.
Cheeks: Jungle cock
Head: Three equal bands of red, white, and blue in that sequence
The Casablanca is one of just a handful of patterns where Carrie used gold tinsel on the body. The others are the Will Ketch, P.L.B. No. 1, P.L.B. No. 2, Orange Miller, and the Davis Special. The P.L.B. No. 2 in the Hilyard book lists “flat silver tinsel” for the body, but my eyes surely tell me the body I’m looking at on that fly tied by Leslie Hilyard is flat gold tinsel. I have corrected the recipe to the material that is actually on the fly, rather than the differing written component. That makes the most sense to me.