The Rangeley region of Maine has produced some of the finest streamer patterns ever.
The areas tyers of the golden era of streamers are many and the flies that were created there were not only beautiful but also very effective in the taking of large brook trout and landlocked salmon.
Carrie Stevens one the better known tyers of Rangeley region created many patterns, some of which were named for various sportsmen and friends of Carrie and her husband and Maine guide Wallace. One of their friends was Allie French of Willimantic Connecticut. He spent many summers at Upper Dam fishing its famous pool for trout and salmon.
Carrie created a streamer and named it after Allie, I don't know if it was named a favorite because Allie fished it often or if it was named favorite because it caught fish. I can say this I have fished it both in Maine and Connecticut and have been pleased with its results.
The American Thread Co. in Willimantic Connecticut. Allie French was its manager when "Thread" was a thriving business in Connecticut and the United States.
The beautiful building is now a home to both small business and to people.
This is the recipe for "Allie's Favorite" as told to author Joseph Bates by Carrie Stevens.
This is "Allie's Favorite"