Carrie Stevens Weekend at Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum
The Carrie Stevens Weekend will be held on June 24-25, 2017 at the Historical Society's Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc. The event will celebrate one of the region’s most well-known personalities and her important contributions to the world of fly tying and fly fishing. This marks the 2nd edition of this popular event first held back in 2015 and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than the first!
On Saturday, the 24th at 11AM, OSHM will unveil a very important addition to its already impressive collections. The museum has acquired Carrie’s 6 lb. 12 oz. brook trout caught just steps from her home at Upper Dam. The fish was mounted by the legendary Herb Welch. This famous catch took 2nd Place in the 1924 Field and Stream National Fishing Contest.
Visitors to the museum will be able to view the largest collection of authentic Carrie Stevens tied streamer flies ever assembled in one place. The museum recently acquired a private collection of 33 Carrie Stevens flies adding significantly to the over 200 Carrie Stevens flies OSHM currently has on display. This special event will feature fly tying demonstrations by some of the most respected tiers of Carrie’s Streamer patterns in the world and a special clinic on the “Stevens Method” from noted expert Leslie Hilyard.
The weekend will also feature the Inaugural "Carrie Stevens Fly Fishing Classic”. Two-person teams will fish the pools of the legendary Upper Dam in the museum’s fleet of fully restored authentic Rangeley Boats. This will be a photograph-supported catch and release fly fishing contest. On Friday the 23rd, Sponsored Teams of two anglers will travel from Mill Brook on Richardson Lake to Upper Dam aboard “The Gray Ghost” with Capt. Kevin Sinnett. All participants will receive a picnic lunch, beverages and a commemorative T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for Best Salmon, Best Trout and Best Photo. Space is limited to six teams. All proceeds will support OSHM.