In 1624 Juan de Bergara wrote one of the most important texts on fly fishing for trout. El Manuscrito de Astorga—”The Astorga Manuscript”—was filled with patterns suited for “certain months, especially in January and February, and March and April, and May, and through to Midsummer’s Day,” and though it took more than three centuries for the book to be brought to the public’s attention, it’s still influencing anglers today.

Dr. Andrew N. Herd wrote that Bergara’s patterns “are sophisticated, in many cases being more complex than late nineteenth and early twentieth century British patterns.” The densely tied, multi-hackled flies are, like their parent text, truly written with feathers.



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