Back to the Classics: How to tie Lefty’s Classic Deceiver pattern with mangrove baitfish colors. There and 1,000’s of saltwater patterns, new ones created every day, but sometimes you just need to stick with what works
By Drew Chicone
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hile working on my upcoming book Feather Brain, I was lucky enough to interview a dozen or so, amazingly talented fly designers. Interviewing such an impressive collection of fly tying innovators was not only an unforgettable pleasure, but very enlightening as well. Each tyer was more than willing to talk about their historically productive patterns and graciously shared their insight and theories on pattern development. The shortest of all the interviews, if you can even call it that, was with Capt. Steve Baily. For those of you that don’t know him, Steve is one of the most impressive fly tiers any of us will ever come across.
His articles have been published in countless publications, he has appeared on numbers TV shows, and he has fished and tied with the legends of the sport, yet he keeps to himself and is extremely humble. When I asked Capt. Baily about developing his own patterns, he simply said, “I don’t… I stick with what works, and that’s a Deceiver and Seaducer, and I don’t fish too many color variations either.” That was it!
The brief conversation stuck in my head, and got me thinking. Maybe it’s time to revisit some of the classic patterns. I went through my drawer of bucktails and feathers and started tinkering with different colors variations. My goal was to come up with a Deceiver that was “a dead ringer” for those little barred baitfish that dart in and out of the mangrove roots, leaving behind only a glint of gold for a split second.
I had forgotten just how beautiful this pattern looks and moves in the water.
Materials Hook: #2 Diachi 2546 or Similar Saltwater Hook
Thread: Lagartun X Strong 150 Denier
Black Tail: Stained Grizzly Hackles & Gold Flash-a-bou
Body: Ginger & Brown Bucktail
Wing: Peacock Herl
Adhesive: Clear Cure Goo Hydro