Freshwater Deceivers

By Will Taylor & Robb Nicewonger

Submitted By Will Taylor

THREAD white 6/0; change to black for the head
HOOK TMC 7999 #6
TAIL two yellow saddle hackles, flanked by 2 grizzly saddles; then 2 strands pearl flashabou each side
BODY white tying thread, lacquered to secure the tail materials
COLLAR ventrolateral, white bucktail; dorsal ("wing"), 3 strands each side silver krystal flash, topped with sparse yellow and then purple bucktail
TOPPING 4 strands fine peacock herl
THROAT small bunch red krystal flash, cut short
HEAD black thead; cement with penetrating head cement, finish with Loon Outdoors Black Hard Head Fly Finish
EYES(OPTIONAL) painted on head, white with black pupil

Will's Comments

This pattern was inspired by the Magog Smelt, one of my favorite hairwing streamers. I caught my first landlocked salmon on a tandem Magog Smelt trolled from my canoe, and have always since felt it to be a "lucky pattern." This pattern takes tremendous liberty in translating the features of the original pattern into a Deceiver, though perhaps not so much as my Coppermgaumoc Smelt does in translating it into a flatwing.

Inspired by Bob Petti's suggestion of tying a soft-hackle collar to imitate the colors of the traditional pattern's shoulder, I have recently experimented with adding a teal flank collar to this pattern, tying the feather in by the tip, folding & winding the collar, and tying back along the hair collar (see the Morning Glory Deceiver for an example).

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