Bergman’s Sanctuary

Bergman’s Sanctuary

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Ray Bergman’s Sanctuary. It’s been a while since I featured a classic Ray Bergman fly. The Sanctuary is a very simple soft hackle fly that is listed on Plate No. 8, page 222 of Bergman’s Trout (1940 – fourth printing) As I’ve mentioned many times, I enjoy highlighting a…

Dette Caddis

Dette Caddis

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Dette Caddis. The Dette Caddis is another fly I found in Eric Leiser’s book about Walt and Winnie Dette and their daughter Mary Dette Clark and their impact on classic Catskill flies. The book is entitled The Dettes – A Catskill Legend (1992). On the instruction page about how to…

Improved Governor

Improved Governor

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Improved Governor. This is another steelhead fly found in John Shewey’s Classis Steelhead Flies book. It’s one of my sources of flies for TBT posts. I’ve read recently about the low steelhead returns in the Columbia Basin and it got me thinking about the last time I…

Harrop’s CDC Rusty Paraspinner

Harrop’s CDC Rusty Paraspinner

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Harrop’s CDC Rusty Paraspinner. I hope you were able to read a recent post, Importance of Imitating Mayfly Spinners. Since I’ve been thinking about spinners for a few days, I thought I’d find one to feature in a TBT post. Harrop’s CDC Rusty Paraspinner was created by Bonnie…

Roy Palm’s Special Emerger

Roy Palm’s Special Emerger

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Roy Palm’s Special Emerger, tied below in size 20. I was introduced to this fly recently when a customer asked if I had heard of Roy’s Special Emerger, a midge pattern. He relayed a story of watching a guide with clients catching fish on a river in Colorado….

Griffith’s Gnat Encore

Griffith’s Gnat Encore

This week’s Thow Back Thursday Fly is a Griffith’s Gnat encore. I’m calling it an encore presentation from the original TBT post in October 2014. I’ve since purchased and thoroughly enjoyed reading The Founding Flies by Mika Valla where he dedicates four pages to George Griffith. As I mentioned in my initial post, Griffith (1901…

Ugly Rudamus

Ugly Rudamus

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Ugly Rudamus. The Ugly Rudamus was developed in 1984 by John Foust of Hamilton, MT as an imitation for caddis and stoneflies. Born in Stevensville and raised in Darby in the 1960s, Foust began tying flies at the age of 13 and sold them at Bob Ward’s…

Stranahan’s Black Ant

Stranahan’s Black Ant

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Chuck Stranahan’s Black Ant. I returned to Chuck Stranahan’s Flies & Guides a couple of weeks ago. I was fortunate he wasn’t too busy and I caught him behind the vise. We caught up a bit and he talked more about his original Stranahan’s Brindle Chute I presented back in November 2019….