Wilson Ant

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Wilson Ant.

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I haven’t tied a Ray Bergman fly recently, so I thought I’d pull out his book Trout (1938) and the Wilson Ant spoke to me.

You’ll find this fly on Plate No. 9, page 254.

I like the elegance and simplicity of a Ray Bergman wet fly.

I’ve selected several wet flies for my Throw Back Thursday Fly segment from Ray Bergman’s book . If you are a regular at RiverKeeper Flies, you recall Bergman’s book includes 15 colored plates to illustrate the dry and wet flies with a description of each fly in the back. It was the first book to provide color fly illustrations.

I’m not an expert about Ray Bergman, but I look to Don Bastian Wet Flies website whenever I need information or clarification. Don is a well known fly tyer, author, and speaker and has recreated the fly plates found in Trout. His flies are works of art! One of Bastian’s post entitled Ray Bergman – Some Clarification and Edification will provide additional history about Ray Bergman, if you are so inclined to learn more.

Here is the fly pattern recipe from the Full Description of Flies Shown in Color Plates in the final pages of Trout. The materials order is as listed in the book:

Wilson Ant

Body:

Medium Brown Floss

Tip:

Peacock Herl Tag

Hackle:

Brown

Wing:

Pheasant Wing

Note: The fly is tied on an older Mustad 3906 hook, size 10.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Blue Bottle

 This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Blue Bottle, another Ray Bergman wet fly.

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I found the Blue Bottle on Plate 1, page 23 from Ray Bergman’s Trout, first published in 1938.

Bergman’s book includes 15 colored plates to illustrate the dry and wet flies with a description of each fly in the back. It was the first book to provide color fly illustrations.

I’m not an expert about Ray Bergman, but I look to Don Bastian Wet Flies website whenever I need information or clarification. Don is a well known fly tyer, author, and speaker and has recreated the fly plates found in Trout. His flies are works of art! One of Bastian’s post entitled Ray Bergman – Some Clarification and Edification will provide additional history about Ray Bergman, if you are so inclined to learn more.

Here is the fly pattern recipe from the Full Description of Flies Shown in Color Plates in the final pages of Trout. The materials order is as listed in the book:

Blue Bottle

Body:

Blue silk floss

Tail:

Black hackle fibers

Hackle:

Black

Wing:

Slate

Note: The fly is tied on an older Mustad 3906 hook, size 8.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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The Loyal Sock

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is The Loyal Sock,  another fly from Ray Bergman’s book Trout.

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For more information about Ray Bergman’s Trout, check out a previous Throw Back Thursday Fly, the Bostwick.

You’ll find the Loyal Sock in Plate 5, page 84.

The Loyal Sock

Body:

Pale Yellow Floss

Hackle:

Black

Wing:

Black

This fly was tied on an older Mustad 3906 hook, size 10. 

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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The Chantry

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Chantry, another wet fly from the Ray Bergman collection in Trout.

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I found the Chantry on Plate 2, page 39.

For more information about Ray Bergman’s Trout, check out a previous Throw Back Thursday Fly, the Bostwick.

 

The Chantry

Body:

Peacock Herl

Tip:

Gold Tinsel

Hackle:

Black

Wing:

Dark Slate

This fly was tied on an older Mustad 3906 hook, size 10. 

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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The Babcock

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Babcock, another fly from Ray Bergman’s book entitled Trout.

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I tied this fly a couple of week’s ago at the Central Oregon Fly Tyer’s Guild. My friend Jim Fisher, the 2011 Stan Walters Memorial Tyer of the Year, taught a class on mounting duck quill wings in the wet fly style. The first fly we tied was the Bouncer. This is the second fly and Jim used it to teach us the married wing technique.

I’ve been practicing these quill wings. You can find others like the Wickhams Fancy and the Hemingway Caddis in previous Throw Back Thursday Fly posts.

You’ll find the Babcock on Plate No. 1, page  22.

For more information about Ray Bergman’s Trout, check out a previous Throw Back Thursday Fly, the Bostwick.

The Babcock

Body:

Crimson Floss

Ribbing:

Gold Tinsel

Tip:

Gold Tinsel

Tail:

Black and Yellow

Hackle:

Black

Wing:

Black Stripe over Yellow

This fly was tied on an older Mustad 3906B hook, size 6. 

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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