Freshwater Deceivers

By Will Taylor & Robb Nicewonger

Submitted By Will Taylor

THREAD white 6/0; change to black for the head
HOOK TMC 7999 #4 salmon hook
TAIL one rather full silver pheasant crest feather, nearly as long as tail, curving up; then two pairs yellow saddle hackles; flanked on each side by 2 strands pearl flashabou and 2 strands orange krystal flash
BODY white tying thread, lacquered to secure the tail materials
COLLAR ventrolateral, yellow calftail; ventral, small bunch white calftail; dorsal ("wing"), 3 strands each side red krystal flash, topped with a small bunch of yellow bucktail
THROAT short silver pheasant crest feather, curving up
SOFT HACKLE COLLAR two golden pheasant red body feathers, tied in by the tip, folded and wound as a collar and tied back to lie on the hair collar
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

Inspired by Carrie Stevens' Morning Glory. Bob Petti came up with this pattern on paper & posted it to the Streamers@ mailing list, & I couldn't wait to get home to tie one up. I subjected Bob's pattern to the folk process (i.e., I forgot his recipe & had to wing it) & came up with this. At the heart of this pattern is the soft-hackle collar (the traditional pattern uses red Golden Pheasant body feathers as shoulders). Bob in turn credits this inspiration to Jack Gartside's soft-hackle streamers.

Since Bob introduced me to this idea, I've experimented with adding soft-hackle collars to some of my other Deceivers (mallard flank on the Pink Lady; Teal flank on the Ripogenus and Magog Deceivers); and I think this idea & a few boxes of RIT will inspire a number of new patterns.

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