Hey charleyfish, How did you do? Theres alot of books that I know nothing about. Ray Bergman\'s Trout was first published in 1938 and countless republishing after that. Some people call it the Bible of trout fishing. The fly plates in the middle are of particular interest. Some of the copies of the plates go for thousands. Some controversy surrounding the plates. They are all hand painted. And the question is, when you look at the flies the eyes are to the left. Were they tied by a left handed tyer and then painted. Edgar Burke was the artist. In the spring of 08 Flytyer Mag Theres a section on married wings. Bergmans Plates were mentioned, and some of its history. Some of the wet flies are with married wings. Tricky at first. Most of it has to do with one material mating with another. After awhile you will learn which ones are best suited together. When I marry wings I start with material larger than the wing I want to produce. Then lay it on wax paper and divide the material with a bodkin till the desired size is obtained. It just works for me. If your marrying very expensive material then, unless your extremly wealthy, you get the right size from the get go. When the flies in Bergmans book were tied things were cheap and they didnt go to the Amazon for a single feather. They used mostly duck,turkey and chickens. They simply dyed them. Theres that word again \"simple\". Schlappen is pretty inexpensive and available in many colors. Marries pretty well. Also when you lash the married wing down Schlappen lends itself better to the pressure of the thread. In the back of the book are the recipes to all the flies in the plates. Literally hundreds of old time flies some still in use. abelreel.