We are in the middle of streamer season here in central Indiana and this weeks fly tying video is on another productive streamer that is good for both coldwater and warmwater species. The Autumn Splender is essentially a Woolly Bugger on steroids; with a cone head and rubber legs. Like a Woolly Bugger, it has a marabou tail, chenille body and palmered hackle the length of the body. The Autumn Splendor has three clumps of marabou for the tail, a cone head and lead wraps for weight to get the fly down, two palmered hackles and rubber legs. Because, what fly doesn’t fish better with rubber legs? You could also think of this fly as the BIG brother of the Woolly Bugger. The fly is not really that difficult to tie but there are a few tips to make it easier, more durable and quicker. As you will see when you watch the video, tying in the rubber legs is the most tedious. Even those could be tied in using an easier method but I will save that for a later video.
As I mentioned, streamer season is upon us. This means that the crayfish, terrestrials, aquatic insects, etc… are all slowing down and soon will be mostly dormant for the cold months ahead. Crayfish are still good pattern in the fall and even terrestrials can produce some nice fish into late October. However, the fish sense the drop in temps and start to focus on baitfish and are trying to put on a little extra meat for the upcoming cold waters. The Autumn Splendor has a lot of weight to it. Keep that in mind because if your waters are slower and shallower you may be hanging up a lot on the bottom. If that is the case, reduce or eliminate the lead wire wraps as needed. In general, you will cast the fly out across the current or at a 45 degree downstream angle. You can strip it back as you would a Clouser Deep minnow, strip it slow or just let the current swing the fly and add the action. Fished below the surface and in the mid-water column it is a great baitfish imitation. Fished along the bottom it is a great sculpin or crayfish pattern. Experiment with the retrieve and don’t forget to give it a twitch or two at the bottom of the swing. Sometime fish will follow the fly until it is “swimming” directly upstream and it looks like it might be trying to get away and then the fish strikes. It is a great fly for all sorts of waters and conditions and worth tying up a few and having some fun!
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I have another productive panfish pattern for next week. One of my favorite panfish flies to tie and fish. Then more streamer patterns coming up. Hope your having a great fall!
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As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!
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