#337 – Witch

#337 Witch - Peter Simonson
#337 Witch – Peter Simonson

Tied by: Peter Simonson
Originated by: Carrie G. Stevens
Source: Carrie G. Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies – Hilyard Pg. 21, 148 – 149

Hook: Edgar Sealey 1797B 1/0
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Orange floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: 4-6 peacock herls then white bucktail
Throat: Grizzly hackle fibers
Wing: 4 grizzly hackles
Cheek: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black (with orange band)

Notes: The Witch, also known as the Gray Witch, is one of several Witches Carrie developed. Carrie was also responsible for setting loose the Golden Witch, Green Witch, Water Witch and the Yellow Witch patterns. During the 1930’s the streamers developed by Carrie Stevens accounted for 49 percent of the salmon caught and recorded at Upper Dam, the Witch was among that group of streamers to make their mark on the Rangeley salmon.

Peter SimonsonPeter Simonson – Peter has been fly tying for about 13 years, initially just creating flies needed for fishing. He enjoys tying Rangeley style streamers. He became interested in tying these flies in about 2006. Peter has tied at the International Fly Tying Symposium and a few of his flies appear in John Mordock’s “Fly Fishing Two-Story Lakes and Reservoirs.”
[visit Peter’s streamer page]

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