(With some Orange Parsons for the Holiday Seaon!)
In the late 1950’s, Lefty Kreh and his regular fishing companion Tom Cofield, both outdoor writers, were fishing in the Chesapeake Bay for stripped bass when conversation relating to this pattern first sparked. The fish that fed voraciouslyon alewives in the bay each season inspired Kreh and Cofield to create a fly pattern from scratch. The outcome of their musins eventually became the most influential pattern the sport has ever known. Almost immediately upon conception the Lefty’s Deceiver, as the fly became know, began blazing a trail for the fledgling sport of fly fishing.
The Lefty’s Deceiver owes its success, at least in large part, to its remarkable versatility. Nothing about the Lefty’s Deceiver demonstrates this point better than the fact that it can be dressed in virtually any color combination imaginable. The Lefty’s Deceiver has been tied in dozens of color combinations, each selected to meet the specific requirements of anglers across the globe. It can also be tied long or short in length, tied to appear full or sparse. The Lefty’s Deceiver can be tied as an imitator, imitating fish such as herring, alewives, and mullet. Alternately, it can be tied as an attractor. The repertoire of the Lefty’s Deceiver is nearly without limit and has earned its classic status.
Featured Fly: Lefty’s Deceiver
Created by: Lefty Kreh
· Hook: 1/0-5/0
· Thread: Black
· Tail: Black saddle hackles and strands of Crystal Flash
· Hackle: Black bucktail, green peacock sword feathers
· Eyes: Large eyes painted white with black pupil
· Head: black