Artula

Artula

Blue Devil

Blue Devil

Colonel Bates

Colonel Bates



Carrie Stevens

A Rangeley Fly Fishing Legend

Blue Charm. Gray Ghost. Golden Witch: names of Carrie Stevens' fishing flies which helped define the Rangeley tradition, and made Maine's Rangeley Lakes Region the premier fly fishing destination in America. Enthusiastic anglers throughout North America chose Carrie Stevens' streamers of bright silks and feathers for their beauty as well as for their effectiveness. They were confident they would thus be assured a chance to record their trophy brook trout and salmon in a log at the Upper Dam House, a favorite lodging for many anglers' annual migrations to the Rangeley fly fishing paradise.

From New York to Philadelphia, Boston to Chicago and beyond, a summer trip to Rangeley was the ultimate angler's dream, and its highlight was a visit to the Stevens' camp to meet with famous Carrie Stevens in person. Her unique contribution to fly fishing history and her warm personality made her beloved by many.

For thirty fishing seasons in the early 1900's, Carrie Stevens created distinctive flies at her camp at Upper Dam on Mooselookmeguntic Lake, where she lived with her Maine Guide husband, Wallace. Although she tied her last fly and closed her camp in 1953, her art lives on in the work of Maine's fly tiers like Selene Dumaine whose flies grace the pages of this site. Selene's distinctive work has been featured in Fly Tyer magazine, and her faithful adherence to Carrie Stevens' methodical, painstaking craft has made her flies popular with avid anglers throughout the Northeast. In the sunlight of her century-old Readfield barn workshop, Selene evokes the rich tradition of the Rangeley region . . . and continues a legacy that echoes through the years.

NOTE:  The names of Saddleback's ski trails are named after fishing flies created by Rangeley fly fishing legends.  The flies shown on this page were created by Carrie Stevens.  The lifts at Saddleback are named after Maine Rivers.  As you ski the trails and ride the lifts you are reminded of the rich history of the Rangeley Lakes Region.

Carrie Stevens

Gray Ghost

Gray Ghost

Green Hornet

Green Hornet

Wizard

Wizard

Carrie Stevens Tying