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

Montreal Yellow | www.johnkreft.com

For some reason, I just like the elegance and simplicity of a Bergman wet fly. You can find the Montreal Yellow wet fly on Plate No. 6, page 123 of Bergman’s book entitled Trout (1940 – fourth printing). 

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 Brown Turkey, the Chantry, the Darling, the Mark Lain, the Mrs. Haase, the Rio Grande King, the Loyal Sock, the Prime Gnat, 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 Montreal Yellow

Tail:Scarlet
Tip:Gold Tinsel
Rib:Gold Tinsel
Body:Yellow Wool
Hackle:Claret
Wing:Brown Turkey

Fly pattern as listed in Trout (1940 – fourth printing). This fly was tied on an older Mustad 3906B hook, size 10. 

Enjoy…go fish!

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