Lafkas’ Modern Deceiver _ White River Fly Tying Series


If our winter streamer guiding is akin to the proverbial duck paddling on a pond, serene on the surface and a flurry of activity underneath, our friend and colleague Alex Lafkas might just be the motor fuelling the frenzy.

Lafkas might really be one of the fishiest cats I know, and after 15 years in the business I’ve met quite a few. In part its driven by his incessant curiosity,  and questioning of every component of catching big trout. And despite that quickfire Yankee conversational style, he has an amazing capacity to absorb information, categorize and file it away for future digestion. Its frenetic fun when he lands kicking starting the more mellow southern style.

The funny thing is, having spoken to many of his clients over the years he’s been with us, the hyper Lafkas we get to live with is replaced by the mellow guide Lafkas _ all the hard work is done before the trips.

Getting him in front of the camera was surprisingly easy in the end, multiple schedules fell into place, something I was enormously grateful for. He’s been a big influence on a lot of our tying with few beg pardons.

One of the early prototypes of my foam headed Lap Dancer was greeted with “Dally, that’s not a fly it’s a lure,” and then he went and bought some heads, just to see for himself. That’s our Alex questioning even his own opinions, and never afraid to shift gears. Hence there’s been a lot of thought gone into the fly above, even the somewhat controversial decision to dump the eyes.

I’ll just say it swims really well. Tie some, fish it, try your own colors, perhaps even add some eyes, switch it up and above all fish it. Its what Lafkas will be doing.

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