Carrie Stevens Weekend
Oquossoc- The Carrie Stevens Weekend will be held on June 24-25, 2017
at the Historical Society's Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in
Oquossoc. The event will celebrate one of the region’s most well-known
personalities and her important contributions to the world of fly
tying and fly fishing. This marks the 2nd edition of this popular
event first held back in 2015 and this year’s event promises to be
even bigger and better than the first!
On Saturday, the 24 th at 11AM, OSHM will unveil a very important
addition to its already impressive collections. The museum has
acquired Carrie’s 6 lb. 12 oz. brook trout caught just steps from her
home at Upper Dam. The fish was mounted by the legendary Herb Welch.
This famous catch took 2 nd Place in the 1924 Field and Stream
National Fishing Contest. The recognition in Field and Stream, and
subsequent newspaper stories, propelled this unassuming local lady’s
name into the national spotlight! Her fly-tying career exploded as
orders streamed in from throughout North America, addressed quite
simply to: “Mrs. Carrie Stevens, Upper Dam, Me.” Carrie’s famous Brook
Trout is truly one of angling “crown jewels” and is one of the finest
examples of the work of master taxidermist, Herb Welch. “Thanks to
their separate contributions, Carrie and Herb will each forever hold,
a place among angling’s true immortals… so to be able to exhibit an
artifact that connects them together in such a unique way is really,
very special”, shared OSHM Executive Director Bill Pierce.
Visitors to the museum will be able to view the largest collection of
authentic Carrie Stevens tied streamer flies ever assembled in one
place. The museum recently acquired a private collection of 33 Carrie
Stevens flies adding significantly to the over 200 Carrie Stevens
flies OSHM currently has on display. This special event will feature
fly tying demonstrations by some of the most respected tiers of
Carrie’s Streamer patterns in the world and a special clinic on the
“Stevens Method” from noted expert Leslie Hilyard. This special clinic
revealing how Carrie’s tying technique evolved over a career spanning
30 years has limited space and will be by reservation only. We invite
collectors of Carrie Stevens flies to bring their collections of her
flies for display during the weekend. This will also be a chance for
the public and collectors to swap, buy or sell her original flies.
Perhaps you’d like to have a Stevens fly of your very own? We are
pleased to share that OSHM will have several authentic Carrie Stevens
flies available for purchase representing patterns that are already
preserved in our collection. If you think you may have an authentic
Carrie Stevens fly, this will be an opportunity to have it
authenticated by Graydon and Leslie Hilyard. They will also be
available to sign copies of their book …Carrie Stevens Maker of
Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies.
The weekend will also feature the Inaugural "Carrie Stevens Fly
Fishing Classic". On Friday, the 23rd, two-person teams will fish
the pools of the legendary Upper Dam in the museum’s fleet of fully
restored authentic Rangeley Boats. This will be a photograph-supported
catch and release fly fishing contest.
Sponsored Teams of two anglers will travel from Mill Brook on
Richardson Lake to Upper Dam aboard “The Gray Ghost” with Rangeley
Lakes Region Cruises . All participants will receive a picnic lunch,
beverages and a commemorative T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for
photos of Best Salmon, Best Trout and Best Event Photo. Space is
limited to six teams. All proceeds will support OSHM.
The Carrie Stevens Weekend will share vintage artifacts, great
demonstrations and some yet to be announced surprises. All to help
celebrate this amazing woman, her beloved Upper Dam and the Rangeley
region. “We hope folks come and help celebrate All-Things- Carrie on
June 24 th & 25 th with us here in Rangeley. The fishing is always
good then, so it’s sure to be a great time”, added Pierce.
For more information please email RLRHS Executive Director Bill
email@example.com or phone 207-491- 4771