Herbie Welch and Carrie Stevens

February 11, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

“Though his friend Carrie Stevens won wide acclaim for her streamer flies, it was Welch who virtually invented the streamer for catching trout and salmon in the Rangeley watershed. Herbie Welch came to the Rangeley area in 1903, according to Graydon and Leslie Hilyard’s wonderful book Carrie Stevens, and established himself as the region’s premier guide, fly-tyer and taxidermist, the latter skill enhanced by his training as an artist in Paris (France).” Blogger Nick Mills gives a short history lesson inspired by a visit to the Fly Caster’s Club of Boston.