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Embellished Lefty's Deceiver
By Lee Soares, CA

When we started messing with saltwater bugs, we found we cared not for tossing weighted flies. Plus we saw bait fish mostly suspending when we saw them while diving.

We saw Lefty at a show saying his deceiver was a "style" of tie and it could well be messed with. We like tweaking. It sure fit the bill for us. It suspends and we can tweak it.

Someone says flash is where it's we added some. Someone says pushing water is where it's we made it do more of that. Lefty already took care of movement, aerodynamics, silhouette, and suspending. It is still a Lefty's Deceiver. He IS the man with the inspiration.

This fly gets concocted around here from 1.2"-12" long and gets tossed at anything that's munching on baitfish.

To tie it you will need a shaft to lash the materials to, be it solid (hookshank) or hollow (tube). Both work fine. Our favorite is a Tiemco 8089 hook. The hook is light enough to suspend with the materials and thin enough to get a grand hookset. It leaves a bit to be desired in applications where brute strength is required, though.


The stuff you need to lash to the shank are bucktail (multiple colors if desired), hackle, marabou, plastic doll eyes, silver flashabou, pearl flashabou, pearl krystalflash, pearl cactus chenille, and pearl EZ-body tubing (mono tube with pearl). Oh yeah, thread, we use mono and red.

    1. Put hook in vise and apply a bit of bucktail at the bend.

    2. Add krystal flash.

    3. Add pearl flashabou.

    4. Add silver flashabou. Fold the synthetics around your thread before application for durability...material cannot pull out.

    5. This is where we like to add the chartreuse bucktail. Someone said, "it ain't no use, if there ain't chartreuse."

    6. Now we add at least three hackles along each side.

    7. Tie in a piece of EZ Body, enough to reach foward to just past the eye of the hook.

    8. Not necessary, but we like to cover the bulk tie in area with cactus chenille, sometimes using colored chenille.

    9. Now for the "water pusher" (and some bones?). Tie off, remove the thread, and push the EZ body back over itself.

    10. Re-attatch the thread and do a marabou collar for more movement.

    11. Tie in your bucktail collar, being sure to make it extend past the bend of the hook. This was designed so by Lefty for the prevention of "tail-wrapping".

    12. Cut off pegs and apply doll eyes with goop and cover the head with red thread for the "injured" nose look.

The last pic is an accessory kit we use with this bug to cover more situations. In it there is a wire weedguard. Either the split conehead, or tube-tied popper body can be pegged on the line when desired. ~ Lee Soares

About Lee:

We are old, rotund, and EYEtalian. We reside in the Bay area of Ca. There are about 10 or so freshwater fish and about 10 or so saltwater fish within about 1 1/2 hour of the driveway. Maybe that will clue you to why this bug is so grand for us. Being of diminished mental capacity, we can tie this bug big or small, different colors, and use it top to bottom by changing line density or using the "accessory kit" to pester all of' 'em. :-) ~ Lee


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