This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Ray Bergman Irish Turkey.
I haven’t posted a Ray Bergman wet fly in awhile. I returned from our fly fishing road trip to Montana last week and needed to get back to fly tying, so I thought a quick wet fly would be nice to tie.
The Ray Bergman Irish Turkey is a wet fly listed in his book entitled Trout (1940 – fourth printing) on page 64, Plate No. 4.
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 include: the Abbey, the Arthur Hoyt, the Babcock, the Blue Bottle, the Bostwick, the Bouncer, the Brown Turkey, the Chantry, the Dark Spinner, 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 Irish Turkey
Light Brown Turkey or Bittern
Would it be possible to list the items on each fly offered in the order they are tied? It would be so much easier to try to tie them.
Thanks for the Comment. You noticed the order was different, huh? Well, usually I provide a fly pattern sheet like you mentioned – in the order materials are applied. In Bergman’s book, this is how all are listed in the back. The body material is usually first. I thought about it for awhile and decided to continue his tradition.
Thanks for asking.