Tying Video – Carrie Stevens Lady Killer

Carrie Stevens Lady Killer streamer is the last pattern in my recent series of Carrie Stevens flies.  I ran across this fly in the book Carrie G. Stevens Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies by Graydon R. Hilyard and Leslie K. Hilyard.  Initially, I chose it because it caught my eye but after discovering the shoulder is made with a chicken breast feather dyed red I almost passed on it.  I do not have any of these feathers (I am looking for a source for some) but I remembered I had a BLW (Black Lace Wing) Soft Hackle dyed Red from Whiting and thought it might be interesting to see how the pattern would be using these for the shoulder.  So, that is what I did.  Everything about this fly is as the pattern is stated in the book except the shoulder.  I think it turned out quite well.  I think the black band around the should fits in quite well with the Jungle Cock eye and the red and black banding in the head of the fly.  That’s another reason I chose this fly, I like the banding in the head of the fly.

I did some research about the Lady Killer pattern and could not find anything on it.  Of course I did not go past three or four pages on G**gle when searching for “Carrie Stevens Lady Killer Streamer History”.  Who know there was a former Playmate named Carrie Stevens!  Hard to get past that and serial killers when searching.  So, I do not have any background on this pattern.  If anyone reading this does please pass along the information and I can update this post as well as the video.   All in all, this is a very basic Carrie Stevens pattern.  The tag, tail, rib, body, throat and wing are all very standard techniques Carrie used in her flies.  There is no belly or underwing on this pattern, which are also very common on her flies so the Lady Killer is sort of a bare bones Stevens pattern.  I enjoyed tying this fly and hope you will as well.

HookMustad R79, #2 – #8 (9x Long Streamer Hook)
ThreadWhite Danville Flat Waxed Nylon, Black Danville 6/0
TagDanville Mylar Tinsel, Silver, size 14
TailRed Hackle Fibers
BodyRed Floss
RibbingDanville Mylar Tinsel, Silver, size 14
ThroatWhite Hackle Fibers
WingTwo Yellow hackles flanked by two White hackles
ShoulderChicken Breast Feather dyed Red (Whiting BLW Soft Hackle dyed Red used in video)
CheekJungle Cock
HeadEqual bands of Black, Red Black and Red Thread

I have another “special” pattern coming in a week and then a couple of Salmon/Steelhead flies to end out the year.  Plus, I have scheduled classes through May of 2020.  I just recently worked out the details for the classes and will soon have all the information on the website.  Check back soon.

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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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