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Lew Oatman’s Brook Trout Minnow
Tied by Ard Stetts
Lew Oatman’s Brook Trout Minnow

Name Lew Oatman’s Brook Trout Minnow
Category Steelhead/Rainbow/Char
Tail Three small stacked bunches of hackle fibers in white, black, & deep orange the fibers are stacked white on the bottom, black in the middle, orange top
Body Rear two thirds cream floss, front third blush pink floss
Rib Flat gold tinsel
Beard Same as tail with white, black, & deep orange stacked same as tail
Wings Two barred rock saddle hackles over which are two olive saddles painted as shown with red and yellow spots
Cheeks Jungle cock
Head Painted olive green on top with a white chin

Lew Oatman’s Brook Trout Minnow was tied by Salmonfly.Net Contributing Fly Tyer Ard Stetts. You can see more of Ard's flies at The Flies of Ard Stetts . See his notes below:

Webmaster Notes: Lew Oatman, who died in 1958, was a pioneer of streamers that closely resemble native forage fish like the Brook Trout Minnow tied by Ard in this presentation. For that reason, these imitations have an edge over flies that are tied purely as an attractor, at least that is what is theorized. You can see, then,, why Ard has included this series which is devoted to flies that are used for fishing, rather than for show. If this does not get you excited about tying some of these up for your next trip, then I don't know what will.

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