Oatman Streamer Swap

An Oatman Page illustrating the BROOK TROUT streamer pattern(s)submitted by Lindsey Grandison

By Bob Skehan

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Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

HOOK 6 X long, ring eye. Partirdge CS5, Mustad 36620 or Daiichi 2460
TAIL A bunch of white hackle barbs over which is tied a equal sized bunch of black hackle barbs over which is tied a bunch twice as large of orange hackle barbs. Length equal to hook gap.
BODY White floss on the rear three quarters of the shank and a salmon pink floss on the front quarter. The body has a slight taper.
RIB Flat Gold tinsel
THROAT A large bunch of orange hackle barbs under which is a half sized bunch of black hackle barbs under which is a half sized (to the orange)bunch of white hackle barbs. Length is similar to that of the tail.
UNDERWING A sparse underwing of orange bucktail which ends at the end of the tail.
WING Olive over grizzly. The outer olive wing is spotted with red and yellow dots along the central stem.
EYES Jungle Cock
HEAD The dorsal surface of the thread wraps immediately behind the eye of the hook is painted white

Lindsey's Comments On This Pattern

Apply the dots of paint to the olive saddle hackle before the hackle is tied into the fly. It helps if the paint is quite thick. I used lacquer. With one of the bottles, I had to let it stand uncapped for a day in order to evaporate off some of the thinner in the paint.. If the paint is too thin, it will wick along the stem and barbs.

As recommended by Dick Talleur it helps to coat the jungle cock nails with head cement before tying them in. Coating them prevents the nail from splitting.

This listing of materials differs from that given by Joe Bates in "Streamers and Bucktails" by the inclusion of an underwing of orange bucktail. I chose to add an underwing because I examined the picture of the Lew Oatman Brook Trout in the Bates' book and it appeared to have an underwing even though one was not listed in the tying pattern. There is another illustration for the Lew Oatman Brook Trout in Schmookler and Sils' " Rare and Unusual Tying Material, Vol II". The fly pictured there also appeared to have an orange bucktail underwing. I tried tying with and without the underwing and decided to include an underwing in all of the flies submitted for the swap. I found that an underwing gave some support to the wing allowing it to lay in place more easily. How the inclusion of the underwing will affect the action once the fly is in the water and whether one without an underwing will catch more fish than one with is unresolved in my mind. I guess I will just have to go fishing and find out.

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