CARRIE STEVENS

  A self-taught fly tier from Upper Dam Maine, Carrie created some of the most beautiful and enduring streamer patterns ever designed. Her Gray Ghost streamer alone would be enough to secure her a place in fly tying history.

June 26-28 - A Weekend with Carrie Stevens… Come celebrate Carrie Stevens, and her contributions to the world of fly tying and fly fishing. For more details please click on “Carrie Stevens Page” on the main menu.  Click here for more information

In fact, Carrie originated well over 150 patterns that have successfully lured salmon and trout from the Rangeley waters. Collectors seek out original Carrie Stevens streamer flies and pay many hundreds of dollars for a fly that once sold for less than one dollar.
Our collection includes a hand written letter by Carrie recounting how she caught her now legendary 6 pound, 13 ounce brook trout at Upper Dam Pool on July 1, 1924. She writes, “I made another cast and gave my fly three or four lively skips when this large trout struck it and dashed away at a terrific speed. I expected any moment it would run out all my line or reach the foaming white water before I succeeded in stopping it.” Her fish, caught on a fly she tied and of her own design, won second place in the 1924 Field & Stream Fishing Contest. Perhaps more importantly, the publicity she received resulted in flood of requests from fly fishermen across the country for some of her flies. Thus she began a career that was to make her one of the most famous fly tiers in the country and Rangeley a legendary fishing destination.

 Also on display is her personal Thomas fly rod, the last fly (Pink Lady) that she tied, her signature in the Upper Dam House fish register recording her record catch and a group of her earliest un-number flies.



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