Tying Video – Allie’s Favorite

My next series of flies are some classic Carrie Stevens streamers.  I just love these long streamers and think they are some of the most beautiful flies ever created.  There are many great creators of some very classic streamer and Carrie Stevens is one of the best known creators of these patterns.  The first in this series is Allie’s Favorite. This fly was named for a friend of Carrie Stevens name Alfred “Allie” French.  It was created in the 1930 (as best as I have been able to discover) and was never tied as a fly for sale.  That means any originals of the Allie’s Favorite are rare.

Allie’s Favorite is a typical Stevens pattern with all the same basic components and tying methods that Carrie incorporated in many of her flies.  Including her signature red band on the head of the fly.  If you are wanting to start tying some of these classic Maine patterns, especially any of Carrie Stevens patterns, the Allie’s Favorite is a great one to start out with.  The materials are readily available and the techniques of tying this fly are the same employed on many other long steamer patterns.

I have a class coming up on November 9th at FlyMasters of Indianapolis where I will be teaching how to tie the Allie’s Favorite as well as two other Carrie Stevens patterns.  Plus, I will have three or four additional Carrie Stevens patterns published on YouTube and on this site in the weeks to follow the class.  Now is a great time to get some long hooks and start tying some classic patterns.  If you haven’t yet, sign up for the weekly newsletter to stay up to date on Dressed Irons as well as receiving more details about this upcoming class.  The sign up form is on the right of this page!

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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