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

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 Turkey Brown wet fly on Plate No. 8, page 222 of Bergman’s Trout (1940 – fourth printing).

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.

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 Category on the right-hand panel or HERE.

My favorites I’ve tied over the years include – Lord Baltimore, Montreal, Babcock, and Bouncer.

The Turkey Brown


Brown Floss


Scarlet Silk


Gold Tinsel







Note: Order is as listed in Bergman’s book; tied on a Mustad 3906B, size 8.

Enjoy…go fish!

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