Tied by: Alan Gronbacher
Originated by: Bruce Wainman
Connection: Doubled braided / coater steel leader
Thread: White 6/0
Eye: Barbell eyes
Body: Epoxy bump
Belly: White saltwater yak hair
Wing: White Slinky Fibre (or similar) then orange yak hair then chartreuse yak hair
Notes: This six inch streamer is destined to meet the gnarling teeth of northern snot rockets. Yak hair has an intrinsic translucent quality similar to the fly tyer’s coveted polar bear hair. The hair is quite thick, durable and has a soft wave along its length. These qualities make it an ideal natural material for the streamers fated to end up hanging from tooth filled jaws. The epoxy (or resin) bump helps to keep the wing and belly flared out and Alan uses heavy wire to connect the hooks. Make certain that you double back the wire so that it is secured. A shot of superglue is a good insurance to add as well.
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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