Tied by: Robert Frandsen
Originated by: Lew Oatman
Source: Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates, Jr, – Pg 264
Hook: Partridge CS15 #4
Thread: White 8/0
Tail: Small bunch of white hackle fibers as long as the hook gap
Body: Rear 2/3 is white floss and the front 1/3 is red floss. Body is tapered slightly
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: White arctic runner hair
Cheeks: Jungle cock
Notes: The Dr. Oatman Hairwing is a conversion from a feathering to a hair wing streamer. It is one of the famous patterns Lew Oatman originated and that was featured in Joseph Bates’ “Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing’. The pattern was named as a tribute to Mr. Oatman’s father, a country doctor. The Doctor Oatman features Oatman’s signature tapered body and is one of the patterns that includes a two-toned body. Robert changes out the traditional 4 white hackles used in the wing for a bundle of arctic runner hair also known as polar pony. Looking at the hair, it is similar in density and kink to what you would expect to see in arctic fox. The guard hairs tend to have some translucence,which can be seen more distinctly one the hair has been dyed.
Bob (Robert) Frandsen – I started fishing at a pretty early age going as a hanger on with my grandfather in my pre- school years.
I began tying flies at 13 under the guidance of Lance Wedlick who was well known in Australia more as writer.
“The Blacker Compendium” | Robert’s site
[visit Bob’s streamer page on Streamers 365]