Tied by: Alan Gronbacher
Originated by: Mr. Homer Rhodes and Mr. Joe Brooks
Hook: Mustad 3366
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Yellow bucktail
Body: Gold flat tinsel
Wing: Red bucktail then yellow bucktail
Notes: As far as streamers go, you can’t simplify much more than the classic Blonde. The streamer is primarily used in salty waters in the hunt for tarpon. The original series includes several named colour schemes including the Platinum Blonde, Honey Blonde, Strawberry Blonde, Pink Blonde, Argentine Blond and the Black Blonde. It has been adapted time and again by anglers in both salt and fresh water. Alan has tied up a temping Blonde dressed in the colors of the Mickey Finn. These 2 patterns alone, the Mickey Finn and Blonde, have been quite effective patterns. Now that the 2 have merged, any fin within casting distance should be trembling.
Alan (Alberta Al) Grombacher – Alan started tying flies shortly after his 8th birthday, in fact the day after his Dad came home with his first pair of bifocals. Alan’s Dad set-up his tying vise after dinner that night, and taught Alan to tye. His first flies were brown hackle peacock wet flies and black/grizzly woolyworms. The first woolyworm that he tyed is still in his fly fishing gear. Alan quickly became the fly tyer for his Dad, Dad’s friends, and his buddies, and has been tying now for over 43 years.
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