#32-2013 – A.A. Bucktail Beauties by Alan “Alberta Al” Grombacher

#32-2013 A.A. Bucktail Beauty #1 - Alan Grombacher
#32-2013 A.A. Bucktail Beauty #1 – Alan Grombacher

Tied by: Alan Gronbacher
Originated by: Alan Gronbacher

Hook: Mustad 3665A #4
Thread: Olive 6/0
Body: Gold flat tinsel
Belly: Orange bucktail
Throat: Orange hackle fibers
Wing: Olive over orange bucktail
Head: Olive

Notes: The idea for the A.A. (Alberta Al) Bucktail Beauty series of streamers came to Alan while he was already knee deep in a rainbow of bucktail tying orders of Thunder Creek Streamers. Alan had been reading about Preston Jennings patterns, and had been searching for an easy to tie streamer pattern that he could vary to cover minnow colors from perch to whitefish. The pattern is simple and quick to tie and can be tied to match any bait fish by changing up the colors of bucktail and body tinsel. A.A. Bucktail Beauties #2 and #3 can be seen below, and we will be featuring more from the series later in the project.

#32-2013 A.A. Bucktail Beauty #2 - Alan Grombacher
#32-2013 A.A. Bucktail Beauty #2 – Alan Grombacher

Tied by: Alan Gronbacher
Originated by: Alan Gronbacher

Hook: Mustad 3665A #4
Thread: Olive 6/0
Body: Gold flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: White hackle fibers
Wing: Olive over yellow bucktail
Head: Olive

#32-2013 A.A. Bucktail Beauty #3 - Alan Grombacher
#32-2013 A.A. Bucktail Beauty #3 – Alan Grombacher

Tied by: Alan Gronbacher
Originated by: Alan Gronbacher

Hook: Mustad 3665A #4
Thread: Black 6/0
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: White hackle fibers
Wing: Black over olive bucktail
Head: Black
Eye: Painted white with black pupil

Alan GrombacherAlan (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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4 Comments

  1. Hey Kelly,

    This series of patterns would be great for large and smallmouth basses. Crappie to in small sizes (#10). It is an easy series to tye, and they are pretty tough if you take the time to coat the mylar with superglue. They would also be good for wipers,if you have those near you.

  2. Hey Joel,

    You are right. Actually, I usually do paint eyes on this series of bucktails. Even the occasional Carrie Steven’s band in orange occasionally. Thanks for the input. I appreciate it.

    Cheers,,

    Alan

  3. Alan, very nice work. I have one suggestion. Put eyes on all your flies. Statistics show that flies with painted eyes catch more fish than J.C. or no eyes. I know that takes more time in production, but the flies would be much more effective, which will enhance your reputation even more.
    Cheers, Joel

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