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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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Ray Bergman Original Up for Auction

The owner of the Ray Bergman Online Museum is auctioning off a few of the flies from his collection. The flies range from $1800.00 US up to $2300.00 US. If you don’t have that type of money to invest in the flies, you can always pick up a subscription to the Museum for 1.50 US a month. Click on the images below to see the auctions.

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Fan Wing Royal Coachman, size 10, dry fly ,hand tied by Ray Bergman in the 1930’s “With Fly, Plug and Bait” plate #4.

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Black Gnat, size 18, dry fly ,hand tied by Ray Bergman in the 1930’s page 220 of “With Fly, Plug and Bait” plate #3.

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Hendrickson, size 18, dry fly ,hand tied by Ray Bergman in the 1930’s page 124 of “Just Fishing”

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Yellow Sally, size 18, wet fly with gut, length 4 1/4 inches, hand tied by Ray Bergman in the 1930’s

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Parmachene Belle, size 12, wet fly with gut, length 4 inches, hand tied by Ray Bergman in the 1930’s

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Blue Bottle, size 18, wet fly with gut, length 4 inches, hand tied by Ray Bergman in the 1930’s

Happy bidding. There are lots of great items being listed these last few weeks, so keep posted for more.

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EBay Fly Finds

Just a few more flies I’ve found for some of the collectors.

1. Eric Leiser Fly Collection. I spoke with Eric earlier last year about his career in the industry. He’s a great chap to speak with and I’m quite fond of his work, I even a have a few signed copies of his Fly Tying Materials. This is one I may bid on.

Eric Leiser Catskills collection

2. Mike Radencich Green Highlander. I have a highlander in my collection already tied up by Nova Scotia tyer Damian Welsh, and this would be a great fly to display next to it. Mike is a gifted tyer, so I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on this one. We had an opportunity to chat with Mike last year, you can read the interview here.

Mike Radencich Green Highlander

3. Ray Bergman Translucent Brown Nymph. Probably best know for the book Trout, this fly is a must for any collector. This is only the second time I have seen a Bergman fly come up for auction in recent years.

Ray Bergman Translucent Brown Nymph

Happy bidding!

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