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Lefty's Deceiver




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A Standard That Must Be In Every Saltwater Fly Box


Lefty's Deceiver in white, blue, and chartreuse

Lefty's Deceiver in pink and yellow "Texas Chicken" pattern


Lefty's Deceiver is a fly pattern originated by the grand master of fly fishing himself, Lefty Kreh.  Lefty's Deceiver is not a specific color pattern but rather a style of fly.  Lefty's Deceiver is a style of fly featuring the tail tied in at the rear, almost at the bend of the hook, and a wing of bucktail extending back beyond the hook.  Lefty's Deceiver's can be tied in a variety of sizes for many species of fish.  Tied on large 1/0 or 2/0 hooks, they are a Southwest Louisiana favorite for large speckled trout, and for stripers on the East and West coast.  Deceivers are deadly for many offshore species, tarpon, snook, and many freshwater species as well.  No fly box is complete without a compliment of various sizes and colors of Lefty's Deceivers.




(white, blue, and chartreuse version)



Hook: Mustad 34007 or equivalent size 2 - 5/0


Thread- Chartreuse flat waxed nylon


Body: - lead wire wrapped around hook shank

      (optional depending on depth you

want to reach)


Tail - 6 white saltwater saddle hackles,

   and 2 chartreuse grizzly hackles


Flash- Flashabou, or strips of prismatic



Wing and Collar - White, chartreuse, and

            blue bucktail


Dorsal Line - Peacock herl


Head - 5 minute epoxy 

Tying Instructions




1. Sharpen hook


2.  Wrap shank of hook with thread


3.  If weight is desired, tie in lead wire 1/3

way back from hook eye and wrap 

around shank


4.  Arrange hackle for tail, white and 1 chartreuse ginger per side, with 

chartreuse on the outside.  Make 

sure feathers are arranged so that

the 2 bunches will face each other

and not splay outward.


5.  Tie tail feathers on top of the hook 

shank, about 1/2 way back.


6.  Either turn fly over in vice, or rotate 

   rotary vice so that the bottom of the 

  fly is facing up.  Tie in the butt ends

of a small bunch of white bucktail

on the bottom of the fly, about 1/4

inch behind the hook eye.


7.  Right the fly in the vice and tie a strip

of prismatic mylar, or several strands

of flashabou onto each side of the fly.


8.  Tie the butt ends of a small bunch of white 

bucktail onto each side of the fly over

flash.  Make sure the tips of the bucktail

extend beyond the hook to the rear.


9.  Tie the butt ends of a very small bunch of

chartreuse bucktail onto top of hook 

about 1/4 inch behind the hook eye.


10.  Tie the butt ends of a slightly larger bunch of blue bucktail in on top of

the chartreuse bucktail.


11.  Tie 3 or 4 strands of peacock herl on top

of the blue bucktail to form dorsal line.


12.  Form head with thread and whip finish.  

Use a marker to color eyes or use 

self adhesive eyes.


13.  Coat head with 5 minute epoxy and rotate to dry.


For Texas Chicken variation, use all yellow

feathers, yellow bucktain on the belly section of fly, and pink bucktail for the side and top of wing.  Finish with pink thread.





To prevent the long tail from fouling around the hook, once you have built up the body of the fly with lead wire or thread, you can tie in the end of a piece of mono near the rear of the hook shank, loop it around so it extends back beyond the hook, with the loop perpendicular to the hook, then secure the other end of the mono back onto the hook shank.  Then when you tie in your tail, make sure it rest on top of this loop



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