Jim Warner Streamers Being Auctioned

Jim has been creating any tying flies for over 60 years. Over the years he has created some excellent streamers and has kept many of these carded for reference by the tying bench. Jim is now selling off many of his original streamers through his eBay site and in the hopes that they find a good home. Jim Warner on EBay

On a personal note, I’ve only known Jim for a couple years, but he has been quite generous with his advise and time. We will be featuring about 20 streamers tied by Jim on the project and several of his original patterns.

Bicentennial Smelt

Jim Warner Bicentennial Smelt

Golden Winnipesaukee Smelt

Jim Warner Golden Winnipesaukee Smelt

There will be more streamers listed over the month of November on
Jim’s eBay page. He has told me that he will continue listing streamers everyday, likely until the end on the month.

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April Snow – Mike Martinek

Mike Martinek – April Snow Rangeley Streamer
I already have a couple of big Mike’s streamers in my collection, but here is one I have never actually seen up close. It may be November snow starting around the continent, but the April Snow will be a nice distraction over the winter. The pattern uses a lavender guinea fowl feather that a few tyers love to incorporate into their patterns. If you can find a full skin, be sure to snap it up, and share a few feathers with your streamer brethren. this one comes from Paul Schmookler’s collection, and there are also quite a number of other collectible flies on his doubleleopard account.

Mike Martinek - April Snow Rangeley Streamer
Mike Martinek - April Snow Rangeley Streamer

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Carrie Stevens Grey Ghost on Auction

Carrie Stevens Grey Ghost
For all you collectors, here is a rare chance to own one of Carrie’s Grey Ghost streamers. It if authenticated by Paul Schmookler and includes a certificate as well. bidding starts at $350 and there is a Buy it Now price of 500.

Carrie Stevens original streamer - Grey Ghost
Carrie Stevens original streamer - Grey Ghost

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October Update.

Wow, just under 2 months to go now until we start unveiling the streamers. I recieved some excellent sets of streamers so far and I have close to 200 ready to be photographed and written up. Here is a shot of the photo station.

Streamers 365 photo station.

Be sure to get on the mailing list (to the right) to get all the updates and notices when we do finally launch on January 1st.

Also, don’t forget about the Tony Smith bucktails we are giving away. Just make a donation of $1 or more to the Streamers 365 fund and your name will be entered in the draw to take place on October 31.

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Mustad, Bergman and Sealey Hooks

Just updated the hook section with a few more profiles. Bergman sproat loop eye, Mustad 3907A and Sealey 1762B are now all available. For a closer look at any of the hooks, just click the image for the 1600x1200px image.

Mustad 3907 A Hook Profile
Mustad 3907 A Hook Profile
Edgar Sealey & Sons 1762B A Hook Profile
Edgar Sealey & Sons 1762B A Hook Profile
Ray Bergman Loop Eye Sproat Hook Profile
Ray Bergman Loop Eye Sproat Hook Profile
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Mustad 79666 and Sealey 1797B Added

I’ve just updated the hook reference page with 2 more profiles. The first is the Mustad 79666, a keel hook that is wonderful for tying double minnow patterns, and the second is the Edgar Sealey and Sons 1797B, a nice limerick bend hook with ideal length for classic Rangeley streamers.

Edger Sealey & Sons 1797B Hook Profile
Edger Sealey & Sons 1797B Hook Profile
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Carrie Stevens Day Dedication Booklet 1970

Carrie Stevens Day dedication booklet 1970

For all the collectors out there, here is one of the Carrie Stevens dedication booklets. I don’t see these often, so I don’t expect that this will last long. The 12 page booklets were printed and distributed for Maine‘s, and Rangeley’s, recognition of the famous pioneering fly tier. The celebration took place in August of 1970, honoring Carrie’s contribution to the state and to the sport.

Carrie Stevens Day dedication booklet 1970
Carrie Stevens Day dedication booklet 1970

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Herb Johnson Bucktails

I can hardly believe that the fall is almost here. I’ve been checking out the salmon returning to the tributaries this past week and am glad to see more than I have the past couple years. The project is starting to roll in now, and it’s been awesome to see all the classic and original streamers coming in.

Tony Smith has donated a set of streamers to the project and has included an addition 2 bucktails that I will be giving away on October 31st, 2011. These streamers will kick off our fundraising element of the project. I’m hoping to raise $1800 through the Streamers 365 project to donate to the six organizations (details here). I’ll be picking 2 names at random from everyone who donates $1 or more to the project before October 31st. Just click the “Donate Now” below to get started. And if you don’t happen to be drawn for these streamers, we’ll have more offered throughout the year, and you donation carries through.

Herb Johnson Rainbow Shiner - tied by Tony Smith
Herb Johnson Rainbow Shiner - tied by Tony Smith

Herb Johnson Rainbow Shiner
Body: Black wool yarn
Ribs: Embossed/pleated silver tinsel
Belly: White bucktail reaching just past bend.
Wing: Mixed yellow and red bucktail, purple bucktail over, all as long as belly.
Sides: Strand of magenta silk as long as wing and up it’s center.
Head: Silver pain with yellow eye and black pupil. Clear varnish over.
Source: Forgotten Flies (Paul Schmookler and Ingrid Sils, 1999)

Herb Johnson Special - tied by Tony Smith
Herb Johnson Special - tied by Tony Smith

Herb Johnson Special
Body: Black wool yarn
Ribs: Embossed/pleated silver tinsel
Belly: White bucktail, just past bend
Wing: Yellow bucktail with brown buktail dyed yellow over it.
Sides: 2 strands each of fl. Red and blue nylon floss up center of wing on each side. One strand of peacock herl just as long above this on each side.
Head: Painted silver with yellow eye and black pupil.
Source: Atlantic Salmon Flies and Fishing (Joseph D. bates, Jr., 1970)

Tony Smith - Fly Tyer Tony Smith – Anthony (Tony) Smith began tying flies with his LL Bean fly tying kit that he received from his parents for Christmas 1988. From tying commercially for his high school “job” for the likes of Hunter’s Angling and American Angling Supplies, to having his flies sought for various publications, Tony is proud to have his work be of known quality.
[visit Tony’s streamer page]

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