Victory – Carrie Stevens Streamer Pattern

Rounding out the quartet of patriotic streamer patterns created by Carrie Stevens during World War II is the Victory. The other three patterns are the America, Casablanca, and General MacArthur. All four have heads banded in red, white, and blue. The Victory is the only pattern among the four with a floss body, the other three have tinsel bodies. These patterns exemplify Carrie Stevens’s business acumen and entrepreneurial talent. Besides creating fly patterns that fed the egos of many of her husband’s guiding clientele, she created patterns that caught fish too. By the mid-1930’s, 49 percent of the patterns recorded in the Upper Dam House record book – which required a weight of at least three pounds for entry, were Stevens streamer flies.

Victory - size

Victory – size #2 – 8x long Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style streamer hook. Tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

Victory

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Red hackle fibers

Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel

Body: Red floss

Underbelly: White bucktail

Throat: Red hackle fibers

Wing: Two light blue hackles flanked on each side by one gray hackle

Cheeks: Jungle cock

Head: Three equal bands of red, white, and blue thread

To view or purchase Don Bastian’s Collector’s Edition Set of Carrie Stevens Patriotic patterns visit: http://www.myflies.com/Carrie-Stevens-Streamer-Patterns-Collectors-Edition-Set-No-3-P730.aspx

General MacArthur – Carrie Stevens Streamer Pattern

The General MacArthur streamer was the most popular fly out of the four patriotic patterns Carrie Stevens created during World War II. The other three are the Casablanca, America, and Victory. The General MacArthur also proved to be an effective fishing fly, as revealed in a report of a 1942 fishing trip with H. G. Tapply, Editor of Hunting and Fishing magazine, and his wife. She caught ten landlocked salmon on the pattern in just two hours, while he managed to take only one fish on his favorite Dark Tiger.

General MacArthur -

General MacArthur – size #1 – 8x long Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style streamer hook. Tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

General MacArthur

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Red, white, and blue hackle fibers in that order

Body: Flat silver tinsel

Throat: Red, white, and blue hackle fibers in that sequence

Wing: Two white hackles flanked on each side by one blue hackle, flanked on each side by one grizzly hackle

Cheeks: Jungle cock

Head: Three equal bands of red, white, and blue thread in that order

To view Don Bastian’s Patriotic Patterns – Carrie Stevens Collector’s Edition Set, visit:  http://www.myflies.com/Carrie-Stevens-Streamer-Patterns-Collectors-Edition-Set-No-3-P730.aspx

Casablanca – Carrie Stevens Streamer Pattern

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.

Casablanca -

Casablanca -#2 – 8x long, Gaelic Supreme Martinek/ Stevens Rangeley Style streamer hook. Tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

Casablanca

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.

America – Carrie Stevens Streamer Pattern

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:

America

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

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

Carrie Stevens Collector’s Edition Set No. 3

The third installment in my Carrie Stevens Collector’s Edition Sets of her streamer patterns just went live for sale this afternoon on MyFlies.com. This is the “General MacArthur” Set, officially known as Set No. 3.

The America and General MacArthur, two of the four patterns mounted as shown in the Collector’s Edition Display Box.

Casablanca and Victory

To view more photos of the flies, packaging, and for additional information on this set of Carrie Stevens patterns that I am offering for sale, please click here:  MyFlies.com.

Presently, I have several more sets being developed. These sets are composed of Carrie Stevens streamer patterns, tied by me, grouped together in themed, custom Collector’s Edition Boxed Sets. Set No. 4 will feature the patterns Carrie Stevens created for the Rapid River section of the Rangeley Lakes Region: The Lakewood, Rapid River, Larry, and Larry’s Special.

Carrie Stevens created the Lakewood and named it after Lakewood Camps; the Larry and Larry’s Special were named in honor of former Lakewood Camps owner Larry Parsons, who operated the camps from 1942 until 1975. And of course, the Rapid River.

Thank you all for your support of my blog efforts! Happy Fourth of July!

General MacArthur

The General MacArthur streamer, was originated by Carrie G. Stevens of Upper Dam, Maine, during the early 1940’s. The posting of this streamer completes the “Patriotic Quartet” of four streamer patterns that she originated during World War II as her way to help support the war effort. General Douglas MacArthur, for whom this pattern is named, was the highest-ranking army general during World War II.

Carrie Stevens almost without argument can be credited with the distinction of being the first fly tier to create commemorative fly patterns. Even though many fly tiers in history created fly patterns and named them for their fishing friends, Carrie Stevens is almost certainly the first fly tier, the first woman fly tier, to elevate the commemorative streamer fly to the status it has acquired today. By the time she originated the General MacAuthur, she was already well-known in fly tying and fishing circles, thanks to the creation and popularity of her Gray Ghost.

General MacArthur – carded

General MacArthur – carded, a diagonal view. The hook is a size #1 – 8x long, Gaelic Supreme Martinek  Stevens Rangeley Streamer style.

General MacArthur

Hook: Any long shank streamer hook, tier’s discretion

Thread: I use white Danville color #1 – 3/0 monocord for the body work on the larger hook sizes of these streamers. *

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Red, white, and blue hackle fibers, tied separately in sequence

Body: Flat silver tinsel

Throat: Red, white, and blue hackle fibers, tied separately in sequence

Wing: Two white hackles flanked on each side by one blue hackle flanked on each side by one natural grizzly hackle

Cheeks: Jungle cock

Head: Red, white, and blue thread, the blue on this example is Danville’s discontinued 3/0 dark blue monocord. **

* Carrie Stevens used white buttonhole thread for her body work, as evidenced in the research of her tying methods by Austin S. Hogan, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who was also the first curator of the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont.

** These thread colors are Danville #56 Red, #1 white, and blue, color number unknown. Both Danville blue threads; 3/0 monocord, and a medium blue that I luckily possess are no longer on their Nylon 6/0 color list. They list only a fluorescent blue, #507, but that is not the shade I have.

Carrie Stevens General MacArthur streamer; tied and photographed by Don Bastian. Size #1 – 8x long.

The four patriotic streamers are being offered for sale on http://www.MyFlies.com just in time for America’s favorite patriotic holiday, the Fourth of July. God Bless America!

Casablanca

The Casablanca is one of the four patriotic themed streamers created by Mrs. Carrie G. Stevens, of Upper Dam, Maine, during World War II, and the third streamer of the four in this set that I have posted here. The other three streamers in the series are the America, General MacArthur, and Victory.

Casablanca – carded. The hook is a Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style Streamer, size #1 – 8x long.

Casablanca – carded, a different view.

Casablanca – a Carrie Stevens pattern, tied and photographed by Don Bastian

Casablanca

Hook: Long shank streamer hook, tiers choice

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Red hackle Fibers

Body: Flat gold tinsel

Belly: White bucktail

Throat: Red hackle fibers

Wing: Four white hackles flanked on each side by a slightly shorter dark violet hackle

Head: Three bands of red, white and blue

I used claret-dyed hackles for the dark violet called for in the recipe; essentially the same color. Photographs of an original Casablanca tied by Carrie Stevens in the book Forgotten Flies, 2000, show the dark violet hackles appearing almost black. The gold tinsel body on the Casablanca represents the least-used tinsel by far on her flies. The preponderance of silver tinsel in her flies indicates that Carrie Stevens harbored a decided preference for it, although there may have been an economic reason for that, considering she started tying flies in the late 1920’s and continued through the Great Depression.

July 3, 2012: I couldn’t resist adding the following material as an edit. This morning I posted this photo of the Casablanca in my Carrie Stevens Streamers Photo Album on The Streamer List http://www.streamerlist.com/where site administrator and fellow streamer enthusiast, Chris Del Plato, posted this comment:

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.” Which immediately made me start laughing. Then I replied to Chris with this follow up comment:

“Chris, thanks for your spontaneously appropriate comment! From the classic movie genera, that’s got to be one of the most iconic lines, in one of the most iconic scenes, spoken by one of America’s most iconic actors, to one of America’s most iconic actresses. (Back when there were actors and actresses).”

“Ah, the good old days…”

And I made that up as I went along, having seen Casablanca only twice, without doing any on-line research beforehand. And as Americans go in general, I’ve seen far fewer rather than more movies in my lifetime. Honest. You can count on that.

All this then, made me decide to add the exchange between Chris and I to this post on the streamer pattern. Then I started to speculate if there could be a connection between the Carrie Stevens streamer fly Casablanca, the patriotic effort of World War II; which we know she was interested in both as an American and as a businesswoman, and the movie of the same name. Casablanca was released in 1942. This possibility is not and will likely never be confirmed, but here is some information I found, quoting the written film material on Casablanca, from Wikipedia:

“Although it was an A-list film, with established stars and first-rate writers—Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch, received credit for the screenplay—no one involved with its production expected Casablanca to be anything out of the ordinary; it was just one of hundreds of pictures produced by Hollywood every year. The film was a solid, if unspectacular, success in its initial run, rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa, a few weeks earlier. Despite a changing assortment of screenwriters frantically adapting an unstaged play and barely keeping ahead of production, and Bogart attempting his first romantic lead role, Casablanca won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic, and the film has grown in popularity to the point that it now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.”

I conclude with these words: Personally, from the evidence we do know, Carrie Stevens was not only a fly tier, but she was a business woman and a skilled, entrepreneurial self-promoter who possessed an uncanny marketing acumen. Considering her numerous creations of streamer patterns named after her fly tying customers and her husband’s guide business clients, in conjunction with the other three patterns in her patriotic series, the America, General MacArthur, and Victory, I believe the two are related. By more than coincidence. I think it’s a safe assumption that Carrie’s creativity and business-sense merged when she conceived and named the Casablanca streamer fly.

This study of historical information and the individuality and creativity of an iconic fly tier, fly designer, and businesswoman, in this case provides fascinating information to add another chapter to the rest of the story.

America

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.

The America streamer pattern, designed by Mrs. Carrie G. Stevens of Maine, as part of a series of four patterns she created during World War II as her way of generating support for the war effort. This hook is a Gaelic Supreme, English-made size #1 – 8x long Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style. Tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

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.

The America streamer, carded on traditional packaging card I had made about eight or nine years ago.

And another, a horizontal image:

The America streamer, a Carrie Stevens pattern, tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

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.

Carrie Stevens Streamer Pattern Assortment

These photos of fifteen different Carrie Stevens streamer patterns that I tied in March was initially posted in my Cabin Weekend Fly Tying Session https://donbastianwetflies.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/cabin-weekend-fly-tying-session/ dated March 11th. I am posting them separately here with only the patterns identified for inclusion in my developing Carrie Stevens Pattern Dictionary. Eventually the recipes will be posted with photos of the individual patterns as I continue working on this portion of my blog.

An assortment of Carrie Stevens streamer patterns, tied and photographed by Don Bastian. Left column: G. Donald Bartlett, Gray Lady, Rapid River, Don’s Special. Middle column: Lakewood, Larry’s Special, Don’s Delight, Larry. Right column: Lady Miller, Jenny Lind, Merry Widow.

Carrie Stevens streamer patterns. This represents her entire patriotic series of four patterns that she created during World War II.
Upper right – two of the Casablanca; center left – two Victory; upper right – three of the General MacArthur, and across the bottom, four of the America. Tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

Hooks are all Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style streamers, sizes range from #1 – 8x long to #4 – 6x long.

 

 

 

 

Carrie Stevens Streamer Patterns

An assortment of Carrie Steven’s streamer patterns tied by Don Bastian including the Gray Ghost, Charles E. Wheeler, General MacArthur, Judge, Don’s Delight, Colonel Bates, Blue Devil, etc. Most of them are tied on the fine English-made Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek / Carrie Stevens Rangeley Style size #1 8x long hooks.

Let me say right off the top – I am far from an expert on this. Nevertheless I’d like to share my experience and what I have learned during a recent fly tying tour de force of these streamers.

Please refer to my post of last week titled; Streamer Four-Packs where I discussed my experience of tying Carrie Seven’s patterns … as I have off and on since the late 1960’s. For example, the Gray Ghost was in my streamer wallet, bracketed in sizes #4 through #12, tied by me on the old Mustad 3665A 6xl hooks when I was still in high school.
I finally did a few sets of streamer wings in June 2011 by cementing them for the very first time…and I decided to do this when my usual technique – tie in the wing, then the shoulder, then the cheek, using no glue, which has worked real well for me 98% of the time, did not work to my satisfaction. I was working on my first-ever Big Ben, and it was those golden pheasant tippet shoulder feathers that were giving me fits. They just didn’t want to lay down, not to mention stay straight.

After cementing my first set of streamer wings with Angler’s Corner cement provided by another tier, (I would have used Flexament but had none at the time), I settled on the use of Elmer’s Rubber Cement. It was the only option available to me, since my Flexament had thickened, I had no thinner, and the nearest fly shop is 22 miles one-way from my home. Ever since that first cemented wing, I have cemented the components on every streamer wing I have made ever since. I conducted tests in June of 2011, soaking cemented wings in water for up to 36 hours, and violent physical shaking to try to make the wings fall apart, which were unsuccessful. For test results on the Elmer’s Rubber cement, see: https://donbastianwetflies.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/carrie-stevens-streamers-cementing-wings/

Prior to my use of cement on streamer wings I always tied the wings in first, then the shoulders and cheeks, all one at a time. In the video segment of the Gray Ghost wing and other streamers in my DVD – Traditional Streamers and Bucktails –  there was no editing or second attempts there, as I set the wings on the Black Ghost, Barnes Special, and Gray Ghost in that order, I was even a little surprised during filming that my first attempt setting all these wings went off without a hitch. Without cement, the best method is to leave hackle barbs on the butt ends of your trimmed wing hackles, group them together, and tie them in with tight wraps, tying in both stems and some of the fibers at the base of the barbs. The attached barbs prevent twisting of the stems. To confirm this procedure and its success, watch the DVD.
So the wing assembly – gluing ahead of time, when I did finally do it; was a last resort to “keep it together” in a situation where setting the entire wing in stages of construction wasn’t going off without a hitch.
Guess what? I liked it. So I started doing it, all the time. One after another. Perhaps it takes more time collectively to tie the Carrie Stevens patterns this way than sans gluing, because of the time you spend selecting, pairing, matching, etc…but the tie-in of the preassembled wings is for me, takes ten seconds or less. I do it just like my wet fly wings, no soft wraps; pinch tight, make all tight wraps from the start, stems placed slightly above the center line of the sides of the head, the inside stems of each wing assembly are actually placed together; a slight tilt toward you to oppose the thread torque, and they’re good to go…only a few times so far have I needed to reset them and try again…

The fact that I (or another experience fly tier) am suddenly doing things differently isn’t surprising – I was forty years old before I learned to like bananas. Previously I hated ’em. I used to think like this: “How do you ruin a good fruit salad? Add bananas!” I’ve been eating bananas since 1992.

So to follow up on this: I have been converted.  I know, shocking…truth is, I’ll probably never again tie a Carrie Stevens pattern, or perhaps other New England style streamers that are similar in design, without cementing the wing components together. This change in my mindset all happened in a matter of a few days, as I began this process, using the Stevens method, building wings one-by-one. This change came about as a result of a fellow tier’s suggestion, but I learned twenty years ago that even novice and intermediate tiers are capable of providing good advice or a better method of a certain procedure to tiers with more years of experience.

Doing this, I have found that even patterns such as the Victory, Jungle Queen, Merry Widow, and Firefly that lack shoulders but still have jungle cock cheeks are made to better advantage for tying, and the construction of the integrated cement lends added stability to the front portion of the wing. There is less flip-flopping of the individual feathers in the wing when the front portion, say 25% of the stem length is bound to the adjacent feather(s) with cement. The cement should be kept shorter than the length of the shoulder, lacking a shoulder, then no longer than shy of the tip of the jungle cock nail cheek.  I’ve been using Elmer’s Rubber Cement; basically because I had no other alternative adhesive available at the time, and I like it. It does not bleed through much at all. When properly applied any bleed-through of the cement is concealed underneath the enamel portion of the jungle cock cheek. Some of the Stevens and other New England style patterns use six hackles in the wings. I use the cement only along the stem, I don’t suggest spreading it out across the sections into the barbs of the feather away from the stem.
My recent reading and study of the Carrie Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies, 2000, by Graydon and Leslie Hilyard has also influenced me on this. I confess – I bought it new when it came out, but all I ever did was read through the photo captions and look at the pictures. I missed a lot by not reading it sooner.

Speaking from the position of my experience of being stubborn about my previous method; I’ve said this before: as a fly tier, never assume you know everything, or don’t close your mind to another method. We can always learn from others. I like Poul Jorgenson’s quote, “Fly tying is a school from which no one ever graduates.” I was exposed to something new to me, and rather than face it closed-minded, I learned from the experience. Learning new methods is sometimes hard for me to do. Fly tiers can be like that occasionally, dare I say a little stubborn? Set in our ways? Whatever, it makes us what we are.

In the last four days I have tied over 24 different Stevens patterns, and made wings for more than 30 more streamers, some are repeat patterns already tied, and others are for patterns that I have never previously dressed. Last night I made six sets of Gray Ghost wings for #2 & #4 Mustad 3665A’s; these were ordered by my customer Rich, who bought that $15 Gray Ghost tied on the antique Edgar Sealey 1797J Hook and allowed his wofe to fish it in the Adirondacks! Ha! See the post on my blog of their Adirondack fishing success. https://donbastianwetflies.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/wet-fly-fishing-testimonial/

Consider the General MacArthur and Green Beauty, for example – the last time I tied these particular patterns was in 1987. I remember that because it was October of that year when, for the Pennsylvania State Council of Trout Unlimited Annual Banquet & Seminars that was held in my hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, I presented my first-ever slide program. It was a presentation (albeit abbreviated) on New England Style streamer flies. I had tied flies from Joseph Bates book, Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing, such as the Green Beauty, Nine-Three, Bolshevik, Black Ghost, Ballou Special, and Colonel Bates, and included them in my program.

Completed wing assemblies by Don Bastian for Carrie Steven’s streamer patterns; some are: Gray Ghost, Jitterbug, Merry Widow, Davis Special, General MacArthur, Don’s Special, Embden Fancy, Colonel Fuller, Larry, Shang’s Special, Golden Witch, Green Beauty, Governor…I typed it from memory, so the list is incomplete as to what I actually here. Most were sized for Gaelic Supreme size #1 8x long Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style Streamer Hooks., though some of them, are smaller. There’s a couple General MacArthur and America wings here that are matched for 6x long Mustad 3665A hooks. I literally tied ’em and tossed ’em, well, rather gently, laid them here. They are right under the jaws of my Regal Stainless Steel C-clamp vise. This was not a set up shot.

Many of these patterns are new to me – the Jitterbug, Davis Special, White Ghost, Governor, Allie’s Special, Allie’s Favorite, Charles E. Wheeler, Don’s Special, Embden Fancy…they are beautiful, more so in real life when you tie one yourself than in photos. This is a renewal of this aspect of fly tying interest for me.
It’s a good thing I have a bunch of the necessary materials previously accumulated in my cache of tying stuff. The reality is that many Carrie Stevens patterns were new to everyone. Prior to the release of Hilyard’s book in 2000 and Forgotten Flies in 1999, few people were aware of the extentsive number of patterns Carrie Stevens actually created.
I took these photos quick, the one of the assemblies was hand-held, and I only took a few shots. I present them here exactly as the flies & wings lie on my tying table. (Which is extremely cluttered). And by the way, none of the heads are finished yet with the matched banding of colors, which I will do before I consider them complete. My explanation on that is in the Streamer Four-Packs topic. https://donbastianwetflies.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/streamer-four-packs/

Some new photos added below on August 4, 2011:

Assembled wings for the Jenny Lind; note the slight variation of the shade of blue. Many of the Carrie Stevens original flies reveal differences of colors. Like fly tiers of today she was limited on occasion to availability of feathers and different dye lots. It is not always possible to obtain the same color of feathers. These wings were selected from two different capes, both labeled as Silver Doctor Blue; one set from a neck, the other from a saddle. I think either shade is acceptable; Carrie’s original Jenny Lind streamers tend toward a light, pale blue. The hooks are Mustad 3665A (traditional) the big one is a size #2. These wings were made for Nos. 6 and 8.

Canary at top, dressed on a Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Carrie Stevens Rangeley Style Streamer Hook – size #1 8x long. Below are three Jungle Queen Streamers dressed on the same hook, a smaller size #6 – 8x long. Tied by Don Bastian.

Pink Lady (top) and Don’s Delight, both dressed on Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek / Carrie Stevens Rangeley Style streamer hooks, size #1 – 8x long. Tied by Don Bastian.

Canary and Davis Special, dressed on Gaelic Supreme Hooks – size #1 – 8x long. The shoulder is a little short on the Davis Special; this example is my first dressing of this particular pattern. Tied by Don Bastian.

Victory – size #2 – 8x long, tied by Don Bastian.

I tied this Carrie Stevens Streamer Pattern up last night – the Victory. After a final (third) coat of head cement this morning it’s done. I’m getting it in today’s mail to Ted Patlen of New Jersey; Ted always does the framing of the flies every year for the raffle plate of flies for the International Fly Tying Symposium this November in Somerset, New Jersey. This year the Symposium is on November 19th and 20th. This is my donation fly for this year’s Celebrity Tier’s Fly Plate:

The Victory:

Thread: Red #56 or white #1 Danville Flymaster 6/0.

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style Streamer Hook

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Red hackle fibers

Rib: Flat silver tinsel

Body: Red floss

Belly: White bucktail

Hackle: Red

Wing: Two light blue hackles flanked by two gray hackles

Cheeks: Jungle cock

Head: Red, white, and blue, Danville 6/0 Flymaster thread (note: Danville no longer makes a blue thread in Flymaster 6/0)

The wing was cemented in my “new” fashion, (new for me anyway).  This was one of the four patriotic-themed streamer patterns that Carrie created in the 1940’s.

The Pirate Streamer, another Carrie Stevens creation, tied by Don Bastian on Size #1 Gaelic Supreme Streamer Hook.