Don Okamoto retired from surf fishing for almost twenty five years. Today he decided to get back in the game and on his second cast hooked a doormat halibut using a go-to lucky craft lure. This is what is all about folks, eternal hope, the force that makes you realize any cast at anytime can brighten your world! Needless to say, Don is still shaking after our buddy Jim Solomon grabbed his phone to snap this great memory! WTG Don! 👊
“Just returned from vacationing in Maui. Gotta thank you for guidance in casting techniques. What you told me to expect was exactly what occurred. I put your lessons to work and landed two of the largest bonefish of my career.” – Stuart
check out the Flyzone.net for expert guidance on casting and being prepared on the flats…
I have been getting a lot of requests from fly tiers around the world asking about my DIY Silicone Pinche Claws. I developed these Pinche claws in conjunction with the great Bauer Crab design which ended up becoming my Qs Pinche Crab. It has been a popular pattern in Belize for permit. The great, Will Bauer showed me how to tie his amazing pattern at the San Mateo Outdoor show back in the nineties, it was and still is a stable, deadly fly pattern used in Belize where Will pioneered the permit fishery back in the late eighties. The reason to the addition and development of the Pinche Claw is that silicone is buoyant and will float. These Pinche claws will take on a defensive posture when the crab, shrimp, crayfish or baby lobster lands on the bottom. They also will land in the right orientation when they fall. Very important when stalking permit. I think it makes a positive addition to any crab pattern and really works well. Always swim and test your flies before fishing them, remember everyone is a snowflake.
I hope this all makes sense, I threw it together rather quickly so if there are any questions, please fire away. I try to keep it as simple as possible so we can push the crab evolution forward…LOL
Start with some wax paper on a board, You will need scissors, CLEAR silicone, EP fibers, bodkiin, water proof marking pens, a ruler and lighter.
measure a length of EP fibers about 1/4 inch in width, leave enough length so you can make a knot, burn and edge so you can put through loop easier, then knot piece together
Color with sharpie, use your bodkin to add and smooth clear silicone through fibers, on both sides, pull in loose fibers with tip of bodkin then set to dry.
You can make DIY eyes by burning mono, then marking them with sharpies and adding Tuffleye or epoxy to build up eyes to size. Any clear silicone will work. The sketch will show you how I cut the claw sahpes once they dry, if you want your arms to curve then hold them in that position and add some five minute epoxy, tuffleye, or zap quick set glue to hold shape. Good luck and have fun…
Check out the Barbless Podcast interview my buddy Conway Bowman did from San Diego that aired last week!
The Barbless Podcast is headquartered out of Chico CA.
Hey gang: Here’s a couple of DIY fly boxes that are easy to make, very versatile and fit nicely into a shirt pocket. You can buy the 1/4 inch foam sheets at Michaels Art Supply stores. The foam can be cut to fit and easily removed. All the flies washed and left to dry, then reinserted. I have been doing these for years. Using an old eye glass case or a cheap plastic box works great. That’s the Q tip of the day…
Happy New Year.
Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have united 1 million anglers to raise in excess of $4 million to date for ongoing relief efforts through Anglers for the Bahamas campaign
Please join us on Wednesday, December 11th at
9:30 a.m. at the California National Resources Agency Building’s Auditorium in Sacramento for the Department of Fish & Wildlife commission meeting agenda item #9 regarding the Delta fisheries. The Auditorium is located at 1416 9th Street.
“If your in the Sacramento area, they need around 500 people to show up to stop this legislation” – Al Q
This is our last chance to advocate and fight to save our Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass in the Bay, Delta and rivers in Northern California.
Please share this flyer with your friends and post it on social media in order to get the word out.
Here’s a little sketch describing the process and thinking behind this pattern.
I will be doing a step by step soon, and a video showing this fly in action, so stay tuned… Al Q