The Brown Turkey

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Brown Turkey, another fly from the Ray Bergman collection.

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Since Thursday is Thanksgiving, the Brown Turkey was an obvious choice to highlight as this week’s TBT fly.

For some reason, I just like the elegance and simplicity of a Bergman wet fly. You can find the Brown Turkey wet fly on Plate No. 2, page 38 of Bergman’s book entitled Trout. 

If you are a regular at RiverKeeper Flies, you recall Bergman’s book includes 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.

Here are a few other Ray Bergman flies I’ve included as Throw Back Thursday Flies: the Arthur Hoyt, the Babcock, the Blue Bottle, the Bostwick, the Bouncer, the Chantry, the Darling, the Mark Lain, the Mrs. Haase, the Rio Grande King, the Loyal Sock, the Silver Stork, the Walla-Walla, the Whirling Dun, and the Wilson Ant. (An easy method of finding all of them is to click on the words “Ray Bergman Flies” under CATEGORIES in the right-hand column on this page.)

The Brown Turkey

Tail:

Brown turkey

Body:

Brown floss

Hackle:

Brown (palmered)

Wing:

Brown turkey

Fly pattern as listed in Trout. This fly was tied on an older Mustad 3906 hook, size 10. 

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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