Something wet fly…

There are numerous variations between the painted flies in Ray Bergman’s books, and the written recipes in the back. I have always been curious about this fly, the Something, for its differences between the color plate painting and the written recipe. As far as I’m concerned the fly is correct when tied either way. But the macro-image of the painting clearly reveals a difference from the recipe. So here it is. This is the revised pattern recipe:

Tip:     Gold tinsel

Tail:    Golden pheasant tippet

Ribbing: Gold tinsel

Body: Black floss

Hackle: Black

Wing: Green, scarlet, purple, yellow, purple, orange – married

Something wet fly - color plate painting from Ray Bergman's book, Trout (1938), by Dr. Edgar Burke

The recorded wing recipe in Trout

Something - six-strip wing as in the painting - green, red, purple, yellow, purple, orange


Wet Flies on Mustad Limerick Bend Hooks

Walker, Henshall, Polka, Forsyth, Royal Coachman, Orange Ibis (clockwise from top)

Forsyth #8

Henshall #8

Orange Ibis #8 (an original pattern of my design)

Polka #8

Royal Coachman #8


...and these are the hooks.

Traditionally, wet flies were often tied on Sproat Bend hooks, but in March, while I was participating at the Annual L L Bean Spring Fishing Expo, my tying friend Mike Martinek gave me a box of Mustad 36712 hooks. I tied these patterns on them and mailed them to Mike recently as a favor for his kindness. The patterns are from Trout by Ray Bergman.