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cool permit footage…

image from trapper rudd.

image from trapper rudd/youtube

Click here to view some up close sweet footage of permit doing their thing in their natural environment.

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weekend beans…

 

photos by glenn ueda

photos by glenn ueda. the man is having a banner season and continues to tear it up! 

photo by jacob ginter

photo by jacob ginter

 

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spanish fly, rip…

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Click here to see see Jose’s boat in all it’s glory! I was very fortunate to meet Jose many years ago and share fried chicken for lunch while our flats skiffs were tied together off the Northshore of Montauk while sight-fishing for stripers and bluefish. Jose was a neat guy and bigger than life. When I used to fish the keys I always saw his SeeVee in the racks down at the Keys boat launch, it was always a  familiar site. After Jose unfortunate passing years ago due to a terrible low pressure system incident during takeoff in his personal plane, the Spanish Fly was later sold to a Julio Mesa in Mexico.

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Julio Mesa’s 39′ See Vee Spanish Fly totaled by fire

Recently the Spanish Fly just went up in flames in Mexico while it was being stored in dry dock.  A sad end to an amazing boat with many fish stories…

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flyfishing ink…

the August edition of California Fly Fisher just hit the streets. photo by AL Quattrocchi

the new August edition of California Fly Fisher just hit the streets. photo by Al Quattrocchi

For those of you interested, I am very humbled by getting a beautiful profile article written about me entitled, California Confluences in the August edition of California Fly Fishers magazine. Pick it up, not just because I am in it, but because CFF is a great publication that really captures the California fly fishing scene. The August issue just hit the streets and I got some nice feedback from some of my dear fly fishing buddies who personally emailed me last week. The Confluence interviewer was compiled and edited by Bud Bynack who shares east coast roots and asked me some fun questions. I would like to personally thank Richard Anderson (publisher & editor) for giving me the opportunity to contribute another article as well, entitled: Fly Fishing the Surf, Getting Started which also appears in the same issue. See ya on the beach  – Al Q

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the hunt for #20…

photos by glenn ueda

photos by glenn ueda #18 on left, #19 on right

there’s been a familiar face popping up on this blog lately and for good reason. His name is Glenn Ueda and he is an accomplished fly angler that has fished all over the globe chasing fish with the fly. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Glenn on the beach a few times this year and it’s been fun fishing together. Glenn told me it’s his second year sight-casting beans, which is unreal. Glenn is having a PB banner corbina season with a total of 19 faired fish on fly. We are all pulling for him to hit twenty, maybe 25? (grin) Where ever he goes, corbina take cover! Way to go Glenn…

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icast best new products 2014

here’s are the best products voted in by vendors from this past icast that will hit your flyshops in the fall:

Men’s Waders: Simms Fishing Products: Freestone Z

Women’s Waders: Simms Fishing Products: Women’s Freestone

Eyewear: Flex Spex

Chest Pack/Vest: Fishpond: Delta Sling

Men’s Outerwear: Simms Fishing Products: G4 Pro Jacket

Women’s Outerwear: Simms Fishing Products: Women’s Guide Jacket

Youth Product: Vedavoo: Little Bugger

Eco-Friendly Product: Fishpond: Roll Top Backpack

Fly Rod – Freshwater: Sage Fly Fishing: Accel 590-4

Fly Rod – Saltwater: Sage Fly Fishing: Salt 890-4

Reel – Freshwater: Nautilus Reels: Silver King Silver

Reel – Saltwater: Nautilus Reels: Silver King Black

Boat/Personal Watercraft: Outcast Sporting Gear: OSG Approach

Fly Line – Freshwater: Scientific Anglers: Sharkwave Siege

Fly Line – Saltwater: RIO Products: Permit Fly Line

Fly Box/Storage System: Tacky Fly Fishing: Fly Box

Fly Tying Materials/Equipment: Fly Men Fishing Company: Fish Skull Fly Tester

Fly Pattern – Freshwater: Angler Sport Group: J. Son Match and Catch

Fly Pattern – Saltwater: Umpqua Feather Merchants: Hudspeth’s Huds

Accessory: Abel: Zinger

Men’s General Apparel: Simms Fishing Products: Confluence Reversible

Women’s General Apparel: Simms Fishing Products: Women’s Solar Flex

DVD: Confluence Films: Waypoints

Book: Angler’s Book Supply Co: All Fisherman Are Liars

Gift Item: Superfly International: Superfly Combo

Luggage: Fishpond: Westwater Large

Wading Boots: Simms Fishing Products: River Tex

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slipping and sliding…

determined Glen decided to put money in the meager and not leave sliding fish, he was rewarded with a pretty corbina. photo by Glen Ueda.

determined Glen decided to put more money in the parking meter and not leave sliding fish which were all over the place on friday morning.  he was rewarded with a pretty fair-caught corbina that slurped a small pink merkin. photo by Glen Ueda.

saturday morning was had a special surprise lighting up the early morning sky. photo by Al Q

saturday morning greeted us with a special surprise over the early morning sky. photo by Al Q

My buddy Jon Nakano doesn't waste time and sticks what later was revealed as a shovel nose. photo by Al Q

My buddy Jon Nakano doesn’t waste any time and sticks what later was revealed as a shovel nose. love the bent rod over the moon. photo by Al Q

love the morning light and reflections in his shot. Photo by Al Q

love the morning light and reflections in his shot. Photo by Al Q

I had the pleasure of mentoring Nick Blixt on the beach this past weekend.He hooked two fish but we couldn't get them to stick... Photo by Al Q.

I had the pleasure of mentoring Nick Blixt on the beach this past weekend. He hooked two fish but we couldn’t seal the deal… we will get them next time Nick! Photo by Al Q.

the south swell foamed up the flats, making seeing incoming fish difficult but it was easy seeing them leave the flat when the water thinned out. photo by Al Q

the south swell foamed up the flats, making seeing incoming fish difficult but it was easy seeing them bolt off the flat when the water thinned out. photo by Al Q

the mid day sun allowed for some classic sight fishing. photo by Adam Lang.

the mid day sun allowed for some classic sight fishing over this weekend . here’s a cool shot by my friend,  Adam Lang.

Joe Samluk going bendo.  photo by Al Q

Joe Samluk going bendo. photo by Al Q

Joe made a perfect cast into a little seam that held three fish moving right t left, as he striped the fly throughout the kitchen the water exploded and the fish blew off the flat. Unfortunately the fish was fouled, but Joe made a beautiful cast and did everything text book to hook that fish. Photo by Al Q.

Joe made a perfect cast into a little seam that held three fish moving right to left, as he stripped the fly through the kitchen the water exploded and the fish blew off the flat. The fish was unfortunately fouled, but Joe made a beautiful cast and did everything text book to hook that fish and put it on the sand.  Photo by Al Q.

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patriotic beans photo gallery!

Here are some weekend highlights from some of our fly fishing friends that were gracious enough to email me some pics…

Fourth of July corbina sight-casted and landed on a classic old school set up. A Fenwick 8.6 ft, two piece 7 wt.fiberglass rod with an old 40s pfleuger click and pawl fly reel. I used a pink merkin, 12 foot leader with 8# tippet and the Rio Camolux intermediate fly line with 3% stretch. Photo by Al Quattrocchi

Fourth of July corbina sight-casted and landed on a classic old school set up by Al Q. A Fenwick 8.6 ft, two piece 7 wt.fiberglass rod with an old 40s pfleuger click and pawl fly reel. I used a pink merkin, 12 foot leader with 8# tippet and the Rio Camolux intermediate fly line with 3% stretch. Photo by Al Quattrocchi

here's a fun pic! a few corbina sighted at Blacks Beach in San Deigo. photo by Bernard Yin.

here’s a fun pic! a few corbina sighted at Blacks Beach in San Deigo. photo by Bernard Yin.

Nick Blixt comes really close to accomplishing his first faired corbina. Photo by Nick Blixt. The fish was chin hooked.

Nick Blixt comes really close to accomplishing his first faired corbina. Photo by Nick Blixt. The fish was chin hooked.

fu man choo! chin hook by Nick!

fu man choo! chin hook by Nick!

pretty early morning light. Photo of Al Q by Jon Nakano

pretty early morning light. Photo of Al Q by Jon Nakano

awesome pic by Michael Schweit (FFF southwest Pres) of our fly fishing buddy Jon Nakano lining up a fish in the skinny. John hooked and landed three and a quarter corbina on July 5th. Three were faired and landed and one he handed off to a little kid that reeled a little took hard when the fish decided to run and popped!

awesome pic by Michael Schweit (FFF southwest Pres) of our fly fishing buddy Jon Nakano lining up a fish in the skinny.
John hooked and landed three and a quarter corbina on July 5th. Three were faired and landed and one he handed off to a little kid that reeled a little took hard when the fish decided to run and popped!

First sight cast bean by Chiaki Harami and a nice one Chiaki! photo by Chiaki Harami

First sight cast bean by Chiaki Harami and a nice one Chiaki! photo by Chiaki Harami

A couple of notes: there’s a lot of guys having troubles hooking fish, out guessing themselves and switching flies, and getting frustrated. Me and Jon were talking about this over the weekend. well, listen up. this isn’t easy. I fish with the best corbina fly fisherman period and I learn every day. the one thing I can say is these fish do not always eat the fly so you have to really try to get as many quality shots as possible directly in front of their nose. They WILL eat if the fly is on their nose, unfortunately many new comers have a hard time getting the fly in the right location consistently. My advise; since it is really hard to get the fly on their nose with current, wave hydraulics, people walking by, etc. Don’t change flies…stick to using a merkin (pink is better for sight-fishing) , it works!!! That is one thing less you will have to think about is not trusting your fly. Trust this fly and worry more about casting accurately, this is the main reason many guys are not catching fish. You need to place a fly accurately at a moving target, this ups the game times ten! What I would do, is go out with your fly rod to the park or backyard and put a small dinner plate upside down at different distances, (use the same set up you take to the beach) then practice casting a hookless merkin at the dinner plates till you can make one cast and hit all of them. Play for beers with you friends, make it fun? the better you can judge distance and put a fly on a plate the more fun it is.  this sight-fishing game becomes like shooting targets.  stick with it, it will make you a better fly fisherman and you will be rewarded for the hard work! this next tide cycle will be awesome, so start practicing like right now! LOL

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mr “pink lips” skinnyheimer…

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Photo by Jim Solomon.

Photos by Jim Solomon.

 

artwork by Al Quattrocchi

artwork by Al Quattrocchi

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corbina zen master…

photos by Al Q & John Dietch.

photos by Al Q & John Dietch.

John landed a nice, fair-caught corbina this past saturday after beginning his morning session of meditation in bean-land. You must close you eyes and envision it before it can become a reality. LOL I will add more pics to the is thread, I have a couple of good close-ups front his past weekend coming soon…

left: Bernard Yin holds a healthy fish but unfortunately it was fouled. photo by Al Q. John playing another fouled bean. Photo by Al Q.

left: Bernard Yin holds a healthy fish but unfortunately it was fouled under the chin. photo by Al Q. John playing what turned out to be another fouled bean that unbuttoned. Photo by Al Q.

Jon Nakano working a home-made sand crab lure with a light spinning outfit fouls another nice fish. He early got a good eat but the fish took off and came undone. Photo by Al Q

Jon Nakano working a home-made sand crab lure with a light spinning outfit get picked up but unfortunately fouls another nice fish. He early got a good eat but the fish took off and came undone. Photo by Al Q

We saw a  lot of fouled fish this past weekend, the fish we very picky, that’s what makes these fish tough. One day your a hero, the next your tail is wagging between your legs. That’s why corbina are like surf permit, they can drive ya crazy but keep you coming back for more…

 

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