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: https://donbastianwetflies.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/carrie-stevens-and-rangeley-style-streamers/
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.
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