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Birthdays – Lew Oatman and Ray Bergman

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.

Dr. Oatman

Dr Oatman Streamer
Dr Oatman Streamer - Lew Oatman

Ibis and White - Ray Bergman
Ibis and White - Ray Bergman
Golden Smelt - Lew Oatman
Golden Smelt - Lew Oatman
Fontinalis Fin - Ray Bergman
Fontinalis Fin - Ray Bergman
Ray Bergman
Ray Bergman
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Rare Lew Oatman fly for sale on EBay

I’m constantly on the lookout for flies tied by some of the past masters. Lew Oatman is one who has inspired me with his somewhat unique take on the streamer. the one here for sale is called a Perch. It is just a bit too rich (120 incl shipping) for me at this moment, but I think that some lucky tyer would love to add it to their collection. On a related note, I narrowly missed winning a Warren Duncan fly recently. Just missed by seconds really. 🙁 Some other notable flies I have seen recently are Art Flick dries, Helen Shaw dries and there are even a few Bob Clouser originals on there.

Lew Oatman Streamer

Lew Oatman Perch Streamer

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