save the date…june 3rd

The 9th Annual Carp Throwdown brought to you by Conway Bowman and me is happening Saturday, June 3rd 2017 at Carp Headquarters, Lake Henshaw in San Diego. If you have never participated in this event, it is a blast and one of my favorite fishing events of the year. Its the place that the best carp fisherman all converge to highlight their skills and get drunk, LOL. Only kidding! Some of the best people I have ever met are at the CTD for sure, great group of guys and girls. There will be music and popcorn on Friday night and we have an amazing raffle to help support our good friends at Healing Waters. Thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors that help make this possible. Hope to see some new faces this year. Cheers

-Al Q

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the double haul ball this saturday!

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This is a fun educational day to meet new friends and learn all you need to know about fly casting and tying flies from our local experts…Please help support CastHope at this year’s raffle. Hogan Brown and Ryan Johnston have flown down from Northern Cal to do a presentation and chat about their wonderful organization. There will be bluegrass music and a lunch break between noon and 1pm. I’m unfortunately gonna miss it this year due to the passing of a very close friend back in New York. I will be there in spirit. Special thanks to our friends at AFTCO who donated some really cool shirts and hats to the raffle this year….tight lines everybody

Map to the Long Beach Casting Club!

 

-Al Q

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yeti presents 120 days…

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the tarpon represent the poster children of saltwater flyfishing. they are strong, they eat well presented flies, they jump and they break hearts. felt soul media just produced this short film that demands a view from all who have had the amazing experience of tarpon flyfishing in the keys but more importantly those that may never had that opportunity. this film paints an accurate picture of the obsession of tarpon flyfishing for sure. enjoy!

 

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somerset flyfishing show…

What a great time me and my flyfishing/fly tying friend, Peter Koga had tying flies at the Somerset Flyfishing show this past weekend. I worked the show tying for Tuffleye and helping out in booth with owners, Ashley and her dad, Ned Lunt. Jason Taylor, Peter Koga, and the master, Bob Popovics all dropped in and tied flies at our booth during the three day event.

For me, originally from Brooklyn, it always feels like a high school reunion when I come back east to the Somerset show in particular. Having the opportunity to see so many talented east coast friends in one place, always blows me away. This show in my opinion is the best of the best. I am always humbled by so many great fly tiers there, too many to name and I always come away inspired, like a kid in a candy store. It’s a great place to shop for prime fly tying materials as well. Chuck and Ben Furimsky do a nice job organizing this event. I hear next year it will not be in Somerset, there will be a new location to be announced.

This year’s show was well attended with packed aisles, we even had a cameo appearance by Donald Jr. and his secret service as they strolled down each aisle chatting with all the vendors and fly fisherman. Highlights of the show for me was sitting with Bob Pop and just watching him tie and dinner with old friends Lily Renzetti, Ned Lunt, Ashley Armbruster, Peter Koga and hearing Bob Clouser tell us some of the most hilarious fishing stories, I haven’t laughed or cried that hard in a while.

If any of you have not tried the Tuffleye brand of products and have any questions, please forward them to me and I will do my best to help answer you. Tuffleye in my opinion is the best light cured acrylic on the market using non UV, visible blue light. Its a safe product that has been used in the dental profession for over sixty years. Bob Popovics turned me on to this when it first hit the market and I haven’t used drop of epoxy since. Visit the Wet-A-Hook technologies website here!

Check out this cool VIDEO by my friend Capt. Ray Stachelek

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Al Q and Howler Bros / Costa Sunglasses poster child, Oliver White.

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My man man and fly tying mentor, Bob Popovics.

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Long line, Mark Sedotti, Al Q and the greatest tournament caster of all time, Steve Rajeff at the G Loomis booth.

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Squid fly tied by Al Q with a Tuffleye/Popovics squid foil using flex, a soft flexible cured acrylic

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Bob Popovics and Ned Lunt of Tuffleye

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Old friend, John McMurray of One More Cast, popped by to say hello! John got fifty stitches in his lip from a surfing accident but it didn’t affect his smile. LOL

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These two young fellas just needed a hug. Nothing I can say that can reflect how much admiration I have for these two guys…

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Peter Laurelli, one of my favorite fly fishing film makers. Check out Peter in the new “Running the Coast ” video by Jamie Howard.

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Jonny King, one of the best fly tyers on the planet. Always good to check-in and hang with Jonny…

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Two of the finest people and fly tiers, Jason Taylor and David Nelson hanging at the Tuffleye booth.

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After dinner, group shot in the hotel lobby. Scott Stryker and Lily Renzetti far left. Scott is one hell of a fly tyer…

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Pat Cohen at his booth. Pat is one talented dude. It was fun hanging with him this year.

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Bob Popovics demonstrating a flex candy in th e Tuffleye booth.

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Bob Popovics tying the Beast! Worth the price of admission for sure!

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Bob Popovics tying the Beast! Worth the price of admission for sure!

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Ashley Armbruster, my buddy and the Queen of Tuffleye.

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here’s a topic to ponder…

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Click here to witness the next wave of drones. How do you feel about this new technology for fishing, please voice your opinions here, i am very curious…  visit PowerRay website

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just encase? new clear boxes

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Check out these cool clear storage boxes that can be used for big or small flies…developed by muskie fisherman but have get fly potential as well…

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ca king tides project…

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This just came across my desk the other day by my contributing editor, Dr. John Whitaker.
Check out this website, it sounds like a great project the we can all participate in.

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We are looking forward to King Tides on Dec 12-14 & Jan 10-13!  Get ready to head out to your local beach, lagoon or wetland and help us document king tides next week. Follow the photo-taking guidelines and use this tide chart to find high tide heights and times for all of SoCal.

Join us January 11, 2017 for an Urban Tides Community Beach Walk in Torrance. We’ll take photos, chat about sea level rise, the benefits of natural shorelines, and the latest scientific modeling results that project sea level rise and coastal storms in Southern California.  Meet at 7:30 AM at the end of the strand near the main lifeguard station on Torrance Beach. The closest cross streets are Paseo de la Playa and Via Rivera.

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Links to Videos!

Malibu Lagoon Video!

San Diego Coast Video!

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holy cow…pic of the day

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BAM! A giant 49 inch striped bass landed on the fly, somewhere out of Massachusetts on Halloween night. She was released unharmed.

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simms pro delta day 2016…

Last weekend, my friend Zino and I decided to hit it early on a Friday morning from sunny Los Angeles and drive north to Bethal Island (aprox. 5.5 hour drive) to the CA Delta. The Sugar Barge on Bethal Island is home of the annual Simms Pro Delta Day hosted by our old friend, John Sherman of Simms. The main event was Saturday from noon to late in the evening and sponsors of this event were Simms, Costa , Hatch Outdoors and Yeti. It was a record turnout with I believe 150 participants. Some of my favorite seminars were Cast Hope, Costa’s Kick Plastic, hearing Bobby Barrack rant on bass fishing (worth the price of admission!) and a panel talk with Delta pioneer Dan Blanton, and guides Maury Hatch and Noel de Guzman on various fishing techniques they have implemented for landing fish in the Delta. This event is like a homecoming for me, I get to see many of the old faces that are still in the industry and mingle with many of the newcomers too, it is a really cool, social event and I am proud of John Sherman for building it up each year, the first one was held in his backyard, around six years ago.

So we got to fish half a day after our long drive, (friday afternoon) with Dan Blanton, an old friend and mentor of mine. No-one knows the Delta fishery better than Dan. I remember back when he first fished it with Nick Curcione and started to write about it’s diversity and fishability. Conditions were not optimal but we still scratched out about a dozen or so fish in a few hours. The fishing was a little off probably due to the super moon phase. I have caught many stripers in my lifetime and I know first hand, full moon tides fish great at night, stripers are low light, nocturnal predators. The fish although small and plentiful on the meter were probably full to their stomach and were laying low during the day, but we managed to force feed a few. Highlight for me was getting a few blowups and one small fish to eat a popper.

The second day conditions were similar, when we fished the early am tides with Capt. Bryce Tedford. Bryce was enthusiastic about trying some big fish water with less anglers and we we all for that plan. We fished hard for Bryce and we scratched out about a dozen small fish in around four hours, all fun! The CA Delta is facing many challenging issues and with our new republican administration may be under siege once again. It is a beautiful place with many big fish for those willing to put in the time, I hope the water stays in the Delta for generations to come, it a remarkable place. I always look forward to next year!

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running the coast…

Words really can not describe the great striped bass migration on the east coast, one really needs to witness it first hand to understand the mysterious beauty and power of nature doing what it has done for as long as there was man, fish and bait… my friend Jamie Howard is a master of capturing wonderful moments in film.

I met Jamie back when he was filming Bass: The Movie, with my other good buddy, John Sherman. We had dinner one night in Santa Monica while they were filming and had a few laughs.

Jamie’s fly fishing video portfolio is crazy good including many classic videos such as Chasing Silver, In Search of a Rising Tide, Location X and Chasing Silver: Andy’s Return. Jamie has a way of being there when it counts, he surrounds himself with the best in the business for sure. He has that knack of allowing the viewer to discover those magical moments as if they are experiencing them for the first time. Running The Coast is long, its about three and a half hours, fortunately broken into three sections, Spring, Summer and Fall. I sat through the entire film in one sitting, I couldn’t stop watching it. It has many of my dear flyfishing friends in it which makes me a little bias but none the less the cinematography is awesome and all the characters Jamie has chosen to support the story of the stripah migration are perfect industry ambassadors. I would highly suggest you guys purchase and stream this video for yourself or fanatical fishing friends for the holidays…it’s a great ride! – Al Q

CLICK HERE for more information on how to purchase and stream this film!

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Jamie Howard’s selfie holding a 13+ largemouth bass held up at a undisclosed location. photo courtesy of Jamie Howard. Nice dude!

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