#186 – Carrie Stevens’ Patriotic Series

#186 Carrie Stevens' Patriotic Series - Darren MacEachern

#186 Carrie Stevens’ Patriotic Series – Darren MacEachern

Tied by: Darren MacEachern
Originated by: Carrie Stevens
Source: Carrie G. Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies – Hilyard

Notes: In her effort to show support for World War II, Carrie Stevens created a series of 4 streamers known collectively as her Patriotic patterns. General Douglas MacArthur was a prominent figure in the media of the times, and an obvious symbol of patriotism. The General MacArthur streamer is the most popular of the patterns as the other 3 were virtually unknown until the arrival of Graydon and Leslie Hilyard’s “Carrie Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies” in 2000, now considered the bible of Carrie’s streamers. All of the patterns share the distinctive red, white and blue heads, which can be quite a challenge to get a handle of. Darren ties his streamers using a flat waxed nylon thread and adds the blue and red once the basic shape of the head is formed. A flat thread works best, this also helps prevent and bumps between color transitions. Happy Independence day America.

These will be auctioned off as a set at the end of the month, but if you can’t wait to get a set of your own, Don Bastian has also put together several this collection of Carrie’s streamers and is available through his MyFlies page.

#186a America - Darren MacEachern

#186a America – Darren MacEachern

Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: White flat waxed nylon
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: White schlappen
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Throat: White schlappen
Wing: 2 white hackles flanked by red hackles flanked by blue hackles
Cheek: Jungle cock
Head: Three equal bands of red, white and blue in that sequence

#186b Casablanca - Darren MacEachern

#186b Casablanca – Darren MacEachern

Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: White flat waxed nylon
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Red schlappen
Body: Flat gold tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen
Wing: 4 white hackles flanked by slightly shorter dark violet hackles
Cheek: Jungle cock
Head: Three equal bands of red, white and blue in that sequence

#186c General MacArthur - Darren MacEachern

#186c General MacArthur – Darren MacEachern

Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: White flat waxed nylon
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Red, white and blue hackle fibers tie in that order
Body: Flat silver tinsel (tied with red floss and silver rib on occasion)
Throat: Red, white and blue hackle fibers tie in that order
Wing: 2 white hackles flanked by blue hackles flanked by grizzly hackles
Cheek: Jungle cock
Head: Three equal bands of red, white and blue in that sequence

#186d Victory - Darren MacEachern

#186d Victory – Darren MacEachern

Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: White flat waxed nylon
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Red schlappen
Body: Red floss
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen
Wing: 2 light blue hackles flanked by grey hackles
Cheek: Jungle cock
Head: Three equal bands of red, white and blue in that sequence

Darren MacEachern – Darren has been fishing from the age of 4 all across Canada. He started on the east coast in Prince edward Island before moving west to the banks of the Bow river in Calgary Alberta. he now resides just outside of Toronto, fishing the Great lakes and the fine tributary waters around.
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11 Comments

  1. Robbie Hiltz says:

    I agree. The best I have seen from your vise! Well done. Happy Independence day from a Canadian neigbor and fellow streamer junkie..lol

    1. pacres says:

      Thanks Robbie. I hope I can continue to produce some good quality streamers off my vise.

    1. pacres says:

      Thank Alan!

  2. Kelly L says:

    Darren, this is some of your very best work! You DID outdo yourself here. LOVE THEM!

    1. pacres says:

      Thanks Kelly! I figured since Alan Grombacher (an American) did a Canadian fly for Canada Day, it would be fitting for a Canadian (me) to tie the Independence Day streamer(s).

  3. Rich Connors says:

    Outstanding Darren!!!

    1. pacres says:

      Thanks Rich! It’s a great set to tie, a couple minor things I’d love to change, but it is nice enough to keep on tying Carrie’s patterns.

  4. Joel Stansbury says:

    Darren, you outdid yourself! These are excellent! Tails,bodies,bellies,wings,shoulders,throats and even the heads are great! You Da Man!!!!!

    1. pacres says:

      Thanks Joel. I know you are a stickler when it comes to heads, and I really love the feedback. 🙂

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