For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A Pair Of "Classics"
Classic, the flies of Carrie Stevens. Streamer flies tied in her style are just so "classic". These feather wing creations have graced many an anglers fly wallet. They have been pulled from the lips of some big brook trout as well as landlocked salmon. And now many of her streamers are kept with in those families who have been fortunate enough to have had them handed down.
There are a select few who still tie her patterns as well as other streamers using her methods. These flies are not easy, and require some time to put together. This maybe one of the reasons why they seem to be gone from most retailers. A few fly shops that I have visited over the years have had some of Carrie's patterns available, most notably the Gray Ghost. As H. Wendell Folkins, he's the man who took over Carrie's fly tying business, said....I can assure you that this method of dressing a streamer will never be adopted by the commercial tyers, as it is to labor intensive. The book above is also a classic. I pick up this book almost daily just to view the beautiful streamers on it's pages.
Here are a few links to some of the sites devoted to these long graceful flies. http://www.streamerlist.com/ and http://www.classicstreamerflies.com/
These flies are from the pages of Carrie Stevens, a book by Graydon, and Leslie Hilyard. The "Gray Ghost"
"Morning Glory" streamer. These are two of my favorite patterns.
Here's the two classic Stevens streamer flies. "Gray Ghost" and "Morning Glory"