This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Ray Bergman Dark Spinner.

Bergman's Dark Spinner |

The Ray Bergman Dark Spinner is a wet fly listed in his book entitled Trout (1940 – fourth printing) on page 38, Plate No. 2.

I usually tie just one fly for my TBT posts. I’m not trying to make them perfect, just do the fly justice. If I were to tie another Dark Spinner, I’d made the wings a tiny bit shorter.

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.

Other Ray Bergman flies I’ve included as Throw Back Thursday Flies are: the Abbey, the Arthur Hoyt, the Babcock, the Blue Bottle, the Bostwick, the Bouncer, the Brown Turkey, the Chantry, the Darling, the Light Blow, the Mark Lain, the Montreal, the Montreal Yellow, the Mrs. Haase, the Olive Dun, the Rio Grande King, the Loyal Sock, the Pathfinder, the Peacock, the Prime Gnat, the Silver Stork, the Walla-Walla, the Whirling Dun, and the Wilson Ant.   

The Dark Spinner


Purple Hackle


Purple Silk


Dark Claret Floss




Dark Slate

Tied on a Tiemco 3906, size 10 hook.

Enjoy…go fish!

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