Rock Island Featherwing Streamer
5x7, soft pastel
Monte Smith (www.nwflytyer.wordpress.com) created this version of a featherwing streamer...the Rock Island. These types of flies originated from the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine. They are attributed to Carrie G. Stevens (c. 1920s) of Upper Dam, Maine, a self taught commercial fly tyer. Carrie elevated the eastern streamer from a utilitarian tool to an art form as you can see. To learn more about this and other types of flies check out Monte's website...he knows much more about flies in general than I'll ever know!