Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fly 22 - Rock Island Featherwing Streamer

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! 

4 comments:

  1. This whole fly series is absolutely beautiful. And to think you almost didn't sign up!

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    1. I know, now I have a wall of flies and have learned so much about them that I can really appreciate not only their beauty but what time and effort goes into tying one. Thanks Beverly!

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  2. That is GORGEOUS! I am so glad I came by to check out the work you have been doing. Hope you have been enjoying the challenge...

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    1. Thanks Meredith...it's been a lot of fun! I hope you're enjoying the challenge too.

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