orignal bergman wets

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ted patlen
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orignal bergman wets

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a good friend has these originals from Bergman's hand.
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What I love about these are all the subtle differences in dress. tail length, wing width and the hackle collars... most are rooster feathers ,which makes sense for a commercial tier to use necks that weren't dry fly quality. No signs of beard type throats.

His heads are somewhat rough but not too big. maybe he used 3/0 silk?

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Cripes, don't let Valla see these, he''ll probably throw up. :D

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Re: orignal bergman wets

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ted patlen wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:35 am
... His heads are somewhat rough but not too big. maybe he used 3/0 silk?
First of all Ted, thanks for posting... as you probably are, I'm a big fan, grew up reading Bergman... so thanks... ;)

As for the heads, I've mentioned this before in different posts, here and elsewhere... I believe many old-time tyers probably never tied flies for shadow boxes, or to be photographed with macro lens... I do think they probably strived for consistency with whatever materials they had at hand... perhaps thus heads that might not be perfect...

Ed

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Re: orignal bergman wets

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Yeah Ed, It would not make sense for them (commercial Tyers) to take extra time to make the fly "pretty"

consistency, durability, quality materials, efficient use of time and materials where more important than multiple coats of varnish or lacquer. Imagine taking the extra time to do just that on 8 dozen #14 wet flies!

that's why I thought that he used heavier threads.. two turns of well waxed 3/0 silk works just as well as 5 turns of18/0" whatever"

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