the big “not so” easy…

Just got the report from some of the SoCal boys that just got back from Hopedale, Louisiana, fly fishing last week with our friend, Miles LaRose of FlySouth. Seemed they hit some pockets of poor weather and had overall slow fishing with moments of grandeur. That seems to be normal for this time of year. Its a hunting game, when weather allows. I usually say that if you string four days together and get one or two good days of fishing, your doing great in Louisiana. Weather is always going to be a moving target in the gulf. For first timers to the Big Easy, excluding Warren who technically fished there last August, the boys did great. My buddy, John Whitaker landed that bucket-list, bull red of 31 pounds on a Q purple/black fly, which i was stoked about. Warren got his first Sheepshead on the fly and a beauty at that. Nice going boys!

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delta days may be coming to an end…

Jim chucking a few flies on the way up north to the CA Delta at the CA Aquaduct. photo by Al Q

A nice black bass landed on fly by Al Q. Photo by Jim Solomon

Al Q and Rick Olson of Olson Visual created these one of a kind striped bass cutouts, this one was donated to the Simms Pro Day Raffle and Jim Solomon won it. LOL It traveled over 600 miles. photo by Bill Matthews

Al Q casting like he’s in a bowl of jello, slowing it down. Great advice from our friend, Diana Rudolf. photo by Jim Solomon

Perry Sims came down with his green jet boat and got us on a few. Fun fishing with him. Photo by Al Q

Jimmy whispering sweet things to a captive striped bass. LOL Photo by Al Q

One of the most important parts of being at the Simms Delta Pro Day, besides learning about new gear and being with friends was getting educated on issues.
This one below is very serious and needs attention from all fisherman….please read

Hearing Jim Stone speak passionately about the new legislation regarding the water rights and removal of indigenous species like striped bass and black bass which are unfairly being villanized for eating the salmon smolt is real. These species have co-existed for almost a century with no impact on each other. The wealthy farmers want water and want to drain the Delta, its become a political battle with no regard to science. They have spent millions in court. This is how they plan to implement their bogus policy, starting with eliminating species. Dec 11th is the last day of the fight and if we lose, the CA Delta will be lost to recreational fishing regarding stripers and bass for future generations to come. If you live near the bay area, you need to take the day off and show up to make our last stand. This is very serious, and NO JOKE. It will be over for your grand children, guides, and all who enjoy this great fishery.



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the recap!

For those of you that couldn’t get the podcast on Saturday due to poor reception or just wanted to sleep in, I know that feeling, here is the Let’s Talk Hookup episode on their archive page with me and Conway, Corey and Pete. Hope you enjoy it! How cool is the premiere of “Finding Joe Brooks” gonna be? We all get to drink a few beers, talk about fly fishing, eat some good barbecue and watch a great movie with your buddies and all for a great cause!  Click here for online tickets through Patagonia, Santa Monica:



-Al Q

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Ticket sales are now live… There will be Limited Seating, so please do not delay in getting your ticket. Thank you.

Please join us as we celebration the life of a true fly fishing legend!
Joe Brooks was the father of modern day flyfishing. His influence and achievements in our sport are still equally important today.
“Finding Joe Brooks” is a wonderful feel good film that every fishing person should see. Its a testament to what one person can do to change the sport fishing world forever.
On November 16th we will have a pre-film, raffle & fundraising event called Brooks, Bourbon and Barbeque to kick off the premiere in Los Angeles held at the Patagonia store in Santa Monica. All the proceeds will benefit The Joe Brooks Foundation and CastHope! Tickets and information regarding this fantastic event can be found on the Patagonia Santa Monica Events page. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS:


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less is more…

A new study finds that tuna harvests, including of some species considered “vulnerable,” have increased by an astonishing 1,000% in the last 60 years — a rate that some scientists warn is unsustainable. NiCK/Getty Images

We all know about the word sustainability, but we really need the world to pull together on understanding the definition of this word. This and many articles are sounding the alarm on the plight of the tuna industry. If everyone backed off for a while and did their part, nature has a way of correcting herself. We just have to restrict our temptations as consumers and put hard fines on over fishing, we can all enjoy strong, healthy fisheries in the future. Egos and greed need to be put aside.

Please read!

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lets talk hookup…

Tune-in on Saturday morning from 7am to 9am on 97.3 FM, PST. Me and my buddy, Conway Bowman will be talking fly fishing and promoting the premiere of the “Finding Joe Brooks” film that will show at the Santa Monica, Patagonia store on Saturday, November 16th. The event is a fund-raiser for The Joe Brooks Foundation and Cast Hope/San Diego Chapter. It should be a fun event that celebrates Joe Brooks, who was the father of modern fly fishing in the U.S. and changed the fly fishing game forever. Call in and heckle us! LOL

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new swordfish regs proposed…

“By gradually transitioning to deep-set buoy gear, the booming recreational involvement in this fishery will continue to thrive,” said CCA CAL Chairman Bill Shedd.


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heal the bay cleanup….

photo courtesy of Heal the Bay!


Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Coordinated by Heal the Bay for the 30th consecutive year, Coastal Cleanup Day returns Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Heal the Bay is an environmental non- profit committed to making coastal waters and watersheds throughout Los Angeles healthy and clean.

According to their website, “Coastal Cleanup Day is an international day of action to protect our oceans, watersheds and wildlife from trash and debris. This massive volunteering effort has an astounding impact on many of our local natural habitats and communities. Heal the Bay proudly coordinates cleanup locations in Los Angeles County in association with Ocean Conservancy and California Coastal Commission.”

During last year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, over 13,000 volunteers participated in removing 59,600 pounds of trash and debris throughout Los Angeles County. Statewide, over 66,000 volunteers worked together to clear 839,629 pounds of trash, and over 20 million pounds of trash and debris were collected worldwide through the efforts of 789,138 volunteers.

Clean-up site locations in Pacific Palisades are:

Will Rogers State Beach- South
Tower 15
17000 Pacific Coast Highway at Temescal Canyon Road

Will Rogers State Beach- Central
Tower 7
17000 Pacific Coast Highway at Temescal Canyon Road

Temescal Canyon Park
224-396 Temescal Canyon Road

To learn more about how to get involved, visit:

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reel talk…

from our good buddy Nicolas Blixt! Please try to come out to support this event!

“I’m helping to host an event at Patagonia Santa Monica on 9/19 to share information about the Magnuson-Stevens Act and how it helps protect our saltwater fisheries. There will be free beer food, and music,, and we’ll do a panel with a few commercial and recreational anglers (including yours truly and Louisiana redfish guide Lucas Bissett).

Reel Talk: Panel on Fisheries & the Magnuson-Stevens Act
Time/Date: Thursday, September 19th at 7:00pm PST
Location: Patagonia Santa Monica (1344 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401)
Facebook Event Link:
Event Description:
The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is a landmark law that guides the long-term sustainable use of our marine fisheries. Over the last 40-plus years, it has dramatically reduced overfishing and helped to rebuild fish stocks. Despite its long history of success, anglers across the nation are having to unite to fend off an array of attacks on the law and update it to better address issues like climate change and ecosystem degradation. Join experts from the world of fishing and conservation for a panel discussion about both threats and opportunities. We’ll also have beer, live music and snacks at this free event.

Hope to see you guys there!!!”

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calicos on the rocks: shaken and stirred…

I will be doing a couple of fly talks this week, one on Wednesday, August 28th at Deep Creek Fly Fishers in Riverside and one in Long Beach on Thursday, August 29th at The Long Beach Casting Club. Both will start around 6pm! I will also tie a few flies prior to the slide show. Hope to see some of my old buddies and friends and hopefully make some new ones. There will be a COOL perk for those that attend…just saying, LOL Tight lines

-Al Q


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