This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Ray Bergman’s Hawthorne.

Bergman's Hawthorne |

Bergman’s Hawthorne is a wet fly listed in his book entitled Trout (1940 – fourth printing) on page 64, Plate No. 4.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I enjoy highlighting a Bergman wet fly because it forces me to sit down and tie these elegant flies. Bergman’s Hawthorne is a simple fly to tie with few materials.

Bergman was well known for his wet flies, but his book also lists dry flies, streamers, nymphs, steel head and land locked salmon flies.

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.

I’ve featured several Ray Bergman flies as a Throw Back Thursday Fly. If you’d like to see more, click on the Ray Bergman Flies Catagory on the right-hand panel. HERE

The Hawthorne


Black Floss


Black Mixed with Light Claret



Tied on a Mustad 3906B #10 hook.

Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!

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  1. Hey John,

    I follow your adventures closely and always look forward to new posts. I’ll be picking up some flies from you soon for next spring/summer. Will also be doing road trips with my wife Linda to KC, and Montana.

    My company is Custom Hand-Tied Trout Leaders By Joe Lazar. If you let me know your preference for length, I’d be happy to forward a couple to see what you think.

    Many thanks, Merry Christmas and as always, tight lines,

    Joe Lazar

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