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  1. That's too bad, beautiful fly though.
  2. Lefty’s Deceiver Developed by Lefty Kreh in the 50’s as a smelt imitation while fishing for Chesapeake Bay stripers. As per Ian Whitelaw in The History of Fly Fishing in 50 Flies, pp 141-142: “During the 1940s fly casting for saltwater fish started to take off, using feathered streamers that followed the style of the New England tiers such as Carrie Stevens. One of the casters was Lefty Kreh, and in the late 1950s he set about solving a problem with the streamers, namely that in larger sizes the wet feather wings would foul up around the hook on the back cast. The flies also had a lot of wind resistance. … Lefty set very clear goals for his fly: won’t foul the hook; looks like a fish and swims well; can be tied in any length and color; cuts through the air and casts easily. To achieve these goals, he chose to combine the sinuous qualities of a feather tail with the stiffness of a bucktail body, tying four to eight wide saddle hackles in at the bend of the hook and three slim bunches of bucktail in at the head extending beyond the bend of the hook, one on each side and one – usually darker – on the top of the shank. His design, initially tied in white, has spawned an entire family of flies in a wide variety of colors, a range of sizes, with the addition of peacock herl or various reflective synthetic materials, and with or without stick-on eyes, and epoxy head and a weed guard. The flexibility of this pattern means that it can be adapted to almost any baitfish.” Lefty’s Deceiver was one of five flies honored by the USPS in 1991 as a postage stamp, along with the Royal Wulff, the Jock Scott, the Apte Tarpon Fly, and the Muddler Minnow. -------------------------------- Yellow Perch Deceiver Hook: #2 Thread: Uni 8/0 olive Tail: 2 yellow saddle hackles (inside) 2 olive saddle hackles (outside) Flash: 1 strand flashabou, 1 strand gold krystal flash, per side Body: FTD copper northern flash, wrapped along hook shank Under Flank: 2 grizzly hen feathers Belly, outer flanks, back, throat: white, yellow, olive, red bucktail Top: peacock hurl x3 Eyes: 3/16" 3d eyes, uv glue. A bit too big, but the smallest I had. Held under warm running water to shape then dried. Next up: Hornberg Special, any variation.
  3. Very nice indeed, and much appreciated. Since we're on the subject, a neat little video on the damselfly's live cycle: https://youtu.be/iBs07KbRY3w Never had much luck with the pattern I've used on the lake. Maybe I'm tying them too big, and on a single straight, shank hook they lack that vigorous wiggle as shown in the video.
  4. I'll jump on that one, but I'll make it fresh water.
  5. I like that, unfortunately the blue gills are gonna destroy it. I can see it working great being twitch just under the surface. Those look good now, but will look even better when you get them wet.
  6. Nice, I like the way the two different colored wings blend.
  7. Yeah, my project is replacing the exhaust pipe on my kid's car, but you probably don't want to see that. Aand you certainly don't want to hear the soundtrack.
  8. Pretty fly, That guy is a true artist with a spool of thread, fur, and feathers.
  9. I would have a chat with them. Their written response seems to fly in the face of those saying they'll honor the warranty, essentially "Yeah, that can be replaced, order it here and put it on yourself." Also, would not dismantling it by yourself effectively void the warranty, as per their 'fine print'? Or maybe I'm just a cynical curmudgeon.
  10. Purdy. It'll be a few more months before we have any color up here besides different shades of gray.
  11. Thats some good work getting all that material tied in without making it look like a blivet.
  12. Nice. Reminds me of the 'secret fly' from the back-woods of Maine, the Slim Jim
  13. A bit more impressive when you can hear and feel the roar of the falls.
  14. Agree with all that's been said, great use of pheasant feathers.
  15. I probably posted this before, my current best fishing bud, Huckleberry:
  16. niveker

    Flyfishing Show

    I will probably go to the Marlboro show depending on weather and other happenings, haven't been in quite a few years.
  17. 👍 Really like that cast iron pizza pan
  18. Sweet - I'll take a bakers dozen, send them to DarrellP for me. Perfect proportions, as usual Norm.
  19. Of course, that makes perfect sense, I should have known. Thanks.
  20. Me neither, Mark. I appreciate your first hand account. But I did end up spending way too much bandwidth looking for as much info as I could find about this pattern. Some info came from 3 different posts at the Small Stream Reflections bog http://smallstreamreflections.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-picket-finnthanks-fran-and-mark.html http://smallstreamreflections.blogspot.com/2013/01/mystery-fly-identified.html http://smallstreamreflections.blogspot.com/2013/01/mystery-fly-identified.html In the first of those posts, Alan, aka Brook Trout, is looking for the name of the fly he purchased in Fran Betters' fly shop, he doesn't say when, but the blog post is from 1/2013. In the comments section a gentleman who claims to have tied for Fran's shop identified it first as an 'Ausable Picket Pinn' and then corrects that to 'Ausable Picket Finn'. The same commenter has a website selling the fly pattern: http://shop.strykerscustomflies.com/Ausable-Pickett-Finn-PF.htm A second poster in the same comments sections, who also claims to have tied for the shop, identified it as a 'Bead Picket Finn' In the second blog post, Alan confirms the name of the fly as 'Picket Finn' with Jan Betters, Fran's wife. It also appears that Alan, aka Brook Trout, is using deer hair for the wing. The third post is simply a consolidation of info in the first two. Also, when going though Fran Betters' old website via the Wayback Machine, I came across a pdf of the Spring 2006 newsletter "Ausable Currents". There is a picture and short blurb about the fly on the second page: No mention anywhere of the wing material in the pattern. Squirrel tail? deer hair? kip tail? How does all this square with Mark's photos of the Picket Finns above? Or his link to the April fly of the Month Picket Finn? I have no idea, so I'm going with the Spring 2006 newsletter version.
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