Demon – Carrie Stevens Streamer Pattern

The Demon pattern by Carrie Stevens is identical to the more well-known Golden Witch except the Demon has shoulders of Amherst pheasant. The Demon was posted earlier on my blog:

on January 13th of this year. The Amherst pheasant is a bit of a challenge to work with, as is golden pheasant for shoulders, but most of these difficulties can be solved by cementing the wing components in advance. I use Elmer’s Rubber Cement; but whatever adhesive you choose to use, it makes the feathers lay flat and makes them stay together. Forgotten Flies lists the Demon as a variation of the Golden Witch, but I believe it is a separate, unique pattern according to the Hilyard Carrie Stevens book.

This pattern also contains a correction of one of the components that I discovered differs from the printed recipe in Hilyard’s book. The sample Demon in the Hilyard book was tied by Carrie Stevens. Hilyard lists the throat as white hackle, but it is clearly a grizzly hackle fiber throat on the Demon tied by Carrie Stevens. Using her original pattern as the source, I made the change to the correct material. My sample is tied with a grizzly throat.

Demon -

Demon – size #1 – 8x long Gaelic Supreme Martinek/ Stevens Rangeley Style streamer hook. Fly tied and photographed by Don Bastian.


Listed in order of tie-in – differs from Hilyard’s listing slightly in that I created a separate listing for the underwing and list the throat as the final stage before setting the wing.

Tag:                    Flat silver tinsel

Body:                Orange floss

Ribbing:          Flat silver tinsel

Underbelly:  White bucktail

Underwing:   5 -6 strands peacock herl (I always use 6 for an even number, since I position the herl top side facing out on both sides of the fly

Throat:           Grizzly hackle fibers

Wing:                Four natural grizzly hackles

Shoulders:       Amherst pheasant tippet

Cheeks:          Jungle cock

Head:               Black with an orange band

4 comments on “Demon – Carrie Stevens Streamer Pattern

  1. Stanley Williams says:

    Great call Don! I am tying the Demon and I too was looking back and forth from the recipe to the throat of the ACTUAL streamer. Misprints in reading books not so critical but they are in fly tying and cooking books as well as others. It’s a great book still!

    • Stanley Williams says:

      Oh and nice job on bringing the tinsel spacing closer on this fly. The one in Hilyards has very close wraps and probably at 12+ wraps. Very nice fly!

      • Don Bastian says:

        I like to space the tinsel ribbing closer together, since my interest is in replicating the pattern as close as possible to the way Carrie Stevens did it. 😉 That’s just one of the many little details other tiers often neglect…

  2. Don Bastian says:

    Hi Stan;
    Yes thank you! The tinsel wraps being closer together also emulates the spacing that Carrie used, closer together as opposed to fewer wraps and wider spacing. I just feel if one is tying Carrie’s patterns, then the effort should be put forth to replicate the details of her work. 🙂

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