Tying Video – Carrie Stevens Golden Witch

This weeks fly is another Carrie Stevens pattern (I have two more to go in this series) called the Golden Witch.  The Golden Witch is very similar to another fly she created called the Demon.  As I have mentioned throughout this series many of her patterns are similar to others with one or two material differences to create a new pattern.  From a tiers perspective if you learn to tie one Carrie Stevens pattern well almost all of her other patterns will be yours to tie.

The Golden Witch was one of her patterns she was well known for.  At the time of her creating the Golden Witch she was being written up in a number of sports magazine for this fly as well as the Gray Ghost, Blue Devil, Water Witch and the White Ghost.  I like the Golden Witch because it has high contrast and has a pattern, shape and color very similar to many common baitfish.  Even though it was tied to resemble the smelt of the North East is can easily be fished in many Midwest waters and represent shad, dace, or small suckers.  All round, the Golden Witch is a wonderful pattern for many waters plus it is a lot of fun to tie.

Hook:                        Mustad R79, #2 – #8 (9x Long Streamer Hook)
Thread:                     White Danville Flat Waxed Nylon, White Danville 6/0
Tag:                           Danville Mylar Tinsel, Silver, size 14
Body:                        Orange Floss
Rib:                           Danville Mylar Tinsel, Silver, size 14
Belly:                        White Bucktail
Throat:                     Grizzly Hackle Fibers
Underwing:             Peacock Herl
Wing:                        Four Grizzly Hackles
Shoulder:                Golden Pheasant Tippet Feathers
Cheeks:                   Jungle Cock

I have two more Carrie Stevens patterns of the next couple of weeks, The Doctor Gray and The Lady Killer.  All fun patterns and all great examples of the wonderful streamers that Carrie Stevens is so well known for.  I also have one other “special” streamer later in December.  Not a Carrie Stevens but one in that style.  Keep an eye out for it.

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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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