Tied by: Bob Petti
Originated by: Lew Oatman
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing Pg. 300
Hook: Mustad 3665A
Body: Pale cream floss wound with a slight taper
Ribbing: Medium narrow flat gold tinsel
Throat: A small bunch of rich orange hackle fibers the length of the hook gap
Wing: 2 olive green hackles flanked by golden badger hackles. Extend slightly beyond the hook bend and they should be slender
Eye: Jungle cock nail tied in short
Notes: This is the dressing as per Lew Oatman. This is one of Mr. Oatman’s natural imitation patterns. The fly is designed to mimic a male Black Nose Dace during their spawning season. The Dace are plentiful in many rivers and so this makes an excellent choice of streamer. The fly is tied on a 4xl-6xl hook and is kept fairly short. Take note of the taper in the body, this is one of Mr. Oatman’s signature traits in the natural imitations he created.
For more information on Lew Oatman and his sreamers, please see the article written by Chris Del Plato of the Streamerlist, published on Global Fly Fisher. You can also check out some artwork by Peter Strid of this Lew Oatman Classic on his website.
Bob Petti – Bob Petti is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from the Catskill Mountain region of New York. Like so many other fly tyers, he started his journey innocently. “All I wanted was the ability to tie the Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear. I didn’t have much money and it wasn’t easy to buy flies at the time. Heck I couldn’t even afford a decent pair of waders back then, so I thought a small investment in tying flies would pay off in the long run.” A couple decades later his one-shoe-box hobby has grown to a full blown identity.
Bob on Global Fly Fisher
[visit Bob’s streamer page]