How to Tie a Catskills Classic: The Conover

“It’s the most popular attractor pattern we sell here at the shop,” Joe Fox said during my recent visit to the Dette fly shop in Livingston Manor, New York. Of all the flies Joe could have selected from the hundreds . . .

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Book Excerpt: How to Tie the Bucktail Deceiver

Written by: Bob Popovics and Jay Nichols

The Bucktail Deceiver can be tied in any colors you want, to match local baitfish.
Photos by Bob Popovics and Jay Nichols

The Bucktail Deceiver, in its purest form, is tied only with bucktail, unlike the Lefty’s Deceiver, which traditionally uses schlappen feathers for the tail. Formed from multiple ties of bucktail, often. . .

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