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Lefty's Kreh's Deceiver (Modified Travis Collins Version):

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Lefty's Deceiver

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Materials

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Hook: Size 4/0 Live Bait Gamakatsu 184414 or Owner AKI Cutting Point

Thread: Fine clear Uni-mono

Wing: Gold Whiting white saddle hackles

Cheek Flash: Cerise Gliss-n-Glow (Modification from original)

Flash: Several strands of pearl Flashabou 6905

Over-flash: Olive Gliss-n-Glow (Modification from original)

Collar: White saltwater jumbo deer tail

Eye: 5/32” Silver Hologram (Modification from original)

Adhesives: Zap-A-Gap CA+ and Zip Kicker

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Materials and color schemes may be substituted to match local bait variations or artistic flare.  Many more Deceiver variations available for viewing at Your flies.

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History

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Lefty Kreh's Deceiver has always been a classic.  Travis Collins has taken this time tested pattern and altered it, keeping things simple and sparse.  I've included minor adjustments to Travis's pattern.  Click here to see Travis's Deceiver version.

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Tying instructions

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Lefty's Deceiver

STEP 1:

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Using the mono thread, tie a solid thread-base to the hook.  A solid base will help prevent materials from rotating around the hook once the fly is finished.  Gluing between each following step is optional and dependent on fly tyer’s personal preference.

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Lefty's Deceiver

STEP 2:

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Select four feathers (length dependent on size of desired fly).  For a 4/0 hook, feathers should be 5-6” in length.  All feathers should be relatively the same length and should include 2 sets of paired feathers (cupped the same direction).  Prep the feathers by cutting the stem leaving 1¼” of webbing.  Strip the last ¼” of webbing off.  The 1” webbing will provide more body to the fly and a transition to the deer hair.  Tie 2 feathers to each side (cupped in).

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Lefty's Deceiver

STEP 3:

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Tie-in several strands (approximately 4-12) of Flashabou directly over top of the feathers.  The Flashabou should extend an inch beyond the feathers (Flash-tail style).

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Lefty's Deceiver

STEP 4:

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Tie-in several stands of Gliss-N-Glow for the cheek.  The easiest way to accomplish this is by cutting the full length of the material and halfing itself around the thread and tying-in each portion to one side of the hook.  Cut the Gliss-N-Glow unevenly approximately the length of the deer hair you expect to use.

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Lefty's Deceiver

STEP 5:

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Select a small bundle of deer hair. Hair can be hand stacked if desired but a commercial stacker should not be used.  Tie-in the bundle on the top of the hook.  While tying-in, the hair can be wiggled to the sides to allow some side coverage.  Hair should extend at least the length of the cheek.

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Lefty's Deceiver

STEP 6:

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Repeat step 5 with a second bundle, but split the bundle in half allowing it to settle on each side of the underside of the hook.  Secure the material well.

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Lefty's Deceiver

STEP 7:

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Trim the deer hair carefully with sharp scissors.  If too large an amount of deer hair is cut, the deer hair may swivel around the hook.  Cut the hair in a tapered shape.  Wind the thread through the tapered deer hair head.

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Lefty's Deceiver

STEP 8:

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Tie-in the over-flash directly over the deer hair for the dorsal color of the fly.  The over-flash should extend approximately the length of the feathers.  Finish the head with a nice taper, whip-finish and cut the thread.

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Lefty's Deceiver

STEP 9:

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Add a small amount of Zap-A-Gap to the head and add an eye to each side.  Secure the eyes by spraying Zip-Kicker.  Repeat Zap-A-Gap/Zip-Kicker to fill-in gaps if necessary.

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The fly is finished and ready to be fished.

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Additional Comments:

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1. Travis Collins's version is tied sparse but emphases a wide profile by how the deer hair is tied-in.  Additionally, Travis uses very sparse flash.  The olive over-flash is replaced with cerise.

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2. The selected hooks may rust after fishing if not rinsed in freshwater.

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3. The hooks were selected for strength and weight.  The hook’s weight compensates for the natural buoyancy of deer hair.

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4. The Owner hook may be more desirable due to its Cutting Point, which aids in penetration.

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5. Although the Zap-A-Gap/Zip-Kicker smell is very pungent, it does not appear to affect the fly’s effectiveness.

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6. As with any pattern, material, color and size may be adjusted.  Generally, the overall length of the fly will measure 5 – 7 inches.

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Travis Collins's version of Lefty Kreh’s Deceiver is very effective. Try it for yourself.

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Another color option (Chartreuse/White):

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Lefty's Deceiver

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Deceiver Success:

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World Class Fish

26", 8.4 lb. Hybrid bass

Lake Nockamixon, PA

8 oz. shy of a new 20 lb. IGFA record

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