The Deceiver is an old school baitfish imitation and nothing less than an instant classic. Developed decades ago by casting guru and hot shot fly fisherman Lefty Kreh, the Deceivers initially were made for saltwater use. Well… pretty soon pike and musky hunters embraced this long slender bug, and gave it swimming lessons in freshwater as well.
Originally the recipe calls for at topping of peacock herl – which gives this fly a classy look, but tends to look crappy after the first pike attack. You can substitute with peacock green flashabou or crystal flash – or you can just leave it out.
Anyway… the long saddle hackles combined with bucktail makes the deceiver a winner – and I wouldn’t leave home without it.
Here is my take on a pikey Deceiver:
Betty Blue Deceiver
Tread: Green or chartreuse
Tail: First 2 royal blue saddle hackles, then 2 chartreuse and 2 grizzly. The inner feathers are longest, and the next are gradually shorter
Body: Red flash fibers and white bucktail
Front hackle: Chartreuse and Blue saddle hackle
Eyes: Glow plastic eyes glued on with Zap A Gap or similar sticky stuffShare