This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Ray Bergman’s Beauty.
This fly was tied by my friend Jim Fisher, the 2011 Stan Walters Memorial Tyer of the Year from the Oregon Council of Fly Fisher’s International. I recently spent a few hours with him for a tutorial on selecting materials and techniques used to tie wet fly wings. He happened to have this fly on hand and I thought it would be perfect for one of my TBT posts.
The Beauty is a Ray Bergman dry fly listed in his book entitled Trout (1940 – fourth printing) on page 22, Plate No. 1.
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.
For other Ray Bergman flies, here is a link to the Ray Bergman Category.
Dark Gray Floss
Note: The order above is the same as listed in Bergman’s book.