The tying of classic wet patterns is a bit of a niche practise in the UK, even fishing them certainly isn’t as common as it was only thirty years ago. So, to tie American classic wet patterns by the most famous fly fisher you’ve probably never heard of, puts me into an even smaller group of tyers keeping these patterns alive.

Ray Bergman’s book ‘Trout’ was first published in 1938 and is still in print today; there are within its pages 440 wet patterns, as well as dry & streamer patterns. Many are original or adaptations of British patterns dating back as far as c1400 – even the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear is there – but I’ll bet you won’t recognise it!

Unfortunately, this style of tying has fallen out of favour in preference to simple synthetic and “must-have” patterns that circulate the magazines, but from within the pages of ’Trout’ is the Colonel Fuller which is on the FDG Gold Accreditation pattern list. These historic patterns still catch fish – lots of them, so why not try wet fly winging and give a classic a try!


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