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Hook: Tiemco 5263 or Daiichi 2220, #2-10
Cone: Brass or Tungsten, gold or copper colored
Weight: Lead wire
Thread: 3/0 Brown Monocord
Tail: Brown Marabou
Flash: Copper Krystal Flash
Rib: Small or Brassie sized Copper Wire
Body: Medium Brown Chenille
Legs: Medium Round Rubber Legs, Yellow
Hackle: One Grizzly dyed Orange and one Grizzly dyed Yellow Saddle hackle
Pattern Description Tim Heng has been a fixture in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley for nearly a hundred years now. As the Manager of Taylor Creek Fly Shop, and years of guiding, Tim has built an unparalleled reputation as a boat-rowing, fish-catching machine. It doesn't hurt that Tim is also one of the most genuinely nice people in the world.
I remember wandering into Roaring Fork Anglers (Tim managed RFA before moving up valley to Taylor Creek) way back in the day, when I was a kid, trying to talk someone into giving me an order of flies to tie. I met Tim, and he not only took the time to talk with me, he ordered a bundle of flies and helped me out quite a bit on where to fish. Since then, I have followed Tim up through the industry, and ended up taking his advice on many things over that time. He truly is one of the nicest people I've ever met with a real passion for the sport and the people.
And now, for his fly! The Autumn Splendor was born nearly twenty years ago when one of Tim's clients fished a big, doll-eyed bass fly in the same colors and moved a bunch of fish. Tim says, "It MOVED a bunch of fish, but no of them ate it!" So Tim got on the vise and created the fly we all now know and love. I tell ya, this guy is always looking out for the rest of us! At any rate, the Autumn Splendor has since become of the most popular streamer patterns in the country, and here is my version of it. I should note that Tim ties the original with both a copper colored cone and three single strands of rubber for the legs. Frankly, I tie them that way too, but for some reason I thought I'd show the fly with a double set as listed here. Maybe I should lay off the pipe&
The Splendor is a great pattern to throw at the banks from a drifting boat, preferably with Tim on the oars. Strip it fast or just pump it with the rod tip. The warm colors and vibrating legs really pull fish in and it has accounted for some of the nicest fish I've seen come out of the Fork and Colorado. Make sure you have a few in your box for this spring and fall.