Streamers: Step-by-step fly tying instructions
Fish-Skull Deceiver created by Martin Bawden.
If you like fishing Half-and-Halfs or ever wished for a heavier Deceiver, then the Fish-Skull® Deceiver now gives you another option. The Fish-Skull® Baitfish Head™ compliments the general baitfish profile, simple design, and effective action of the classic Deceiver design to produce a wonderful fly to fish. Essentially a weighted Lefty’s Deceiver, the basic tying method for this great, time tested fly pattern remains the same with the only exception being that the traditional thread head and painted/stick-on eyes are replaced by the Baitfish Head™ and Living Eyes™.
Fly tying materials
Hook: Standard or slightly longer shank saltwater hooks (#2 to #4/0).
Head: Fish-Skull® Baitfish Head™, golden chartreuse, medium or large.
Eyes: Fish-Skull® Living Eyes™.
Tail: White saddle hackles.
Flash: Flashabou Pearl (or your favorite flash material).
Collar: White and chartreuse bucktail.
Topping: Olive DNA Holo Fusion fiber.
Throat: Red craft fur.
Fly tying instructions
Put the hook in the vise.
Prepare 6-8 saddle hackles, 3-4 for each wing. Tie in the wings at the bend with the dull sides facing inward.
Tie in several strands of flash on each side of the tail. Wrap the excess flash around the butts of the hackle to form a pearl under-body. Tie off the flash.
Wrap the excess flash around the hackle butts to form a shiny under-body.
Tie in a small bunch of bucktail low on each side of the hook.
Tie in a third, longer bunch of bucktail on top of the hook shank.
Tie in the darker topping. I am using some strands of Olive DNA Holo Fusion fiber instead of the traditional peacock herl.
Turn the fly upside down and tie in a red "throat". At first glance the amount I am using may seem excessive, however, most of the throat will be covered over by the Fish-Skull®is fitted leaving just enough red material protruding realistically out of the gill plate area.
Turn the fly back upright, wrap a few turns to form a thread-head, tie off and cut your thread. Apply a coating of super glue to the top, bottom and sides of the thread-head. Fit the Baitfish Head over the eye of the hook and position in place.
Re-attach your tying thread in front of the Baitfish Head and tie a small thread dam between the Baitfish Head and the eye of the hook to secure the head firmly in place.
Apply a small spot of super glue on the middle of each eye socket and stick on the 3D Fish Eyes.
There it is!