Beamis Stream

Beamis Stream Wet Fly #6

Beamis Stream

Tip: Gold tinsel

Tail: Gray mallard and brown quill sections

Hackle: Brown tied palmer

Ribbing: Gold tinsel

Body: Dark claret dubbing

Wing: Brown

The Beamis Stream is a darker pattern, not a fancy fly. It is nevertheless an attractive wet fly pattern.


Beatrice Wet Fly #6


Tail: Scarlet quill sections

Tip: Green floss tied as a butt *

Hackle: Yellow and crimson tied palmer **

Ribbing: None

Body: Yellow floss

Wing: Barred Mandarin ***

* The tip listing of green floss is shown as a butt on Dr. Burke’s Color Plate No. 1 painting from Ray Bergman’s book Trout. The green floss could be tied as either a tip or butt.

** Notably, the Beatrice is the first of only a few wet flies calling for two colors of palmered hackle. It took me a long time to figure out that the best results for double palmer hackles are obtained by stripping one side (always the leading edge) and winding both stems simultaneously, by hand (no hackle pliers). This may also be done with folded hackles, but even then, both feathers need to be wound at the same time. (see my versions, Beatrice: Variations I, II, & III in Complete Sportsman’s 2000 Book Forgotten Flies. Click the link to the Forgotten Flies Wet Fly Gallery on the right to view these three variations. The first edition printings of Trout also listed a hackle of scarlet or gray in addition to the mixed scarlet and yellow.

Since tying those flies in 1997-1999 my preference has changed; I now believe a folded double-hackle palmer overdresses the fly.

*** Nowadays the barred Mandarin in the wing of the Beatrice and many other flies is usually replaced with barred wood duck – see the historical information regarding wood ducks at Hatches Online in my introductory article to The Ray Bergman Collection.



Tip: Gold tinsel

Tail: Scarlet, yellow, insect green, barred Mandarin – married *

Hackle: Yellow tied palmer

Ribbing: Gold tinsel

Body: Scarlet floss

Wing: Scarlet, yellow, insect green, barred Mandarin – married **

* The Trout recipe for the tail of the Cassard as assembled here is as originally written, but examination of Dr. Burke’s Color Plate No. 3 painting shows the tail in this order: scarlet, barred Mandarin, yellow, insect green.

** The dressing for the Cassard wing is correct as written and illustrated. Also, whole feather tips of wood duck could be used for the main wing on larger hook sizes with the married color sections along the sides.


Coachman Wet Fly #6


Tip: Gold tinsel if desired

Tail: None

Ribbing:           None

Body: Peacock herl

Hackle: Dark red brown or brown

Wing: White

The Coachman is a great wet fly. It was the ‘Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph’ of its day, very popular. It was never missing from my fly box since I first started tying and fishing flies in 1964. Along with the Coachman my brother and I were also never without its relatives; Leadwing Coachman, Royal Coachman and yet another variation to the Yellow Coachman called the California Coachman. The California Coachman is identical to Bergman’s recipe for the Yellow Coachman but has the addition of a golden pheasant tippet tail.


Holberton Wet Fly #6


Tip: Gold tinsel

Tail: Barred Mandarin, crimson, & yellow – married, with peacock  sword *

Ribbing: Gold tinsel

Body: Rear ½ orange floss, front ½ peacock herl

Hackle: Crimson

Wing: Peacock sword topping Crimson, yellow, and barred Mandarin – married **

* Bergman’s written recipe for the Holberton in Trout varies in order from Dr. Burke’s painting on both wing and tail. Adjusted to follow the painting, the tail recipe as shown is: peacock sword topping married crimson, yellow, and barred Mandarin.

** The adjusted wing recipe is: peacock sword topping married barred Mandarin, crimson, and yellow.