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

Bergman's Yankee |

It’s been a while since I featured a classic Ray Bergman fly. The Yankee is a very simple soft hackle fly that is listed on Plate No.9, page 234 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.

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 Category on the right-hand panel. HERE

The Yankee


Light Blue Floss Silk


Gold or Silver Tinsel


Gold or Silver Tinsel







(Order is as listed in Bergman’s book)

Note: Instead of using silk floss, I pulled out more of a corded thread for the body. A silk body would look better.

Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!

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