I got a reminder from the Streamer List last night about these 2 birthdays. Who knew that 2 important fly guys would share a birthday. In their honor, we’ll share a couple patterns for the occasion.
Lew Oatman, dean of ‘exact imitation’ streamers, was delivered by his father, Dr. Lewis R. Oatman, on this day in 1903. Ray Bergman, author of the iconic book ‘Trout’ was born John Raymond Bergman on July 15, 1891.
The swap is now complete and everyone who took part has a great new set of streamers. I had lots of fun taking part even though I had fly orders up to my eyeballs. I learned a lot about putting together these flies and I am quite proud of the Red Streak I tied up for the swap. You can look through the photographed results of the swap on the Streamer List page – http://streamerlist.ning.com or just click on of the pics below. Thanks to the Streamer List, Michel Lajoie and Jim Walford for organizing everything. If you are interested in joining a new streamer swap, there is limited seating available in the next one; Not Carrie Stevens Classics. Visit the Streamer List Forum for details.
If you are into tying the classics, then this will truly get your juices flowing. Mr. Ovesen and his girlfriend Vendula Smutkova work in partnership to create the epic 44 step tutorial. Anders manned the vise while Vendula snapped images and now the project is available for viewing on the Global Fly Fisher site (http://globalflyfisher.com/patterns/classic/). It’s interesting to note the amount of preparation that is taken and the meticulious measurements and skill involved in tying up art pieces like this. With the tying taking anywhere from a couple hours up to a full shift at Tim Horton’s, mental fortitude and stamina are a must and you won’t be casually banging off a half dozen. Kudos to all involved bringing this tutorial to life and I would love to see more projects like this.