“I am just your ordinary obsessed saltwater fly fishing knucklehead! I am a student of fishing, learning everyday I am on the water. This blog is basically a place for my passion, ideas, inspiration, and photos geared mostly towards the time spent fly fishing the beach and inshore. It’s fishing, it’s fun, let’s try not to take it too seriously…and remember every day on the water is a gift!”
Al Quattrocchi (aka The Qman) was born and raised in Brooklyn where he developed his love for saltwater fishing early in his childhood while living in Sheepshead Bay, which was once the largest commercial fishing fleet operating in the U.S. As a teenager he spent his formative saltwater fishing years on party boats, piers, bridges, beaches and jetties around Sheepshead Bay, Breezy Point, Rockaway and Jamaica Bay chasing striped bass, bluefish, weakfish and fluke.
After moving to California in the late seventies to attend college, he was inspired to switch to the fly rod and fly fish the surf after years of reading articles written by his east coast saltwater flyfishing luminaries; Lefty Kreh, Frank Woolner, Bob Popovics, Lou Tabory, and Nick Curcione. Al’s articles and fly patterns have been published in Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, Fly Tier, CA Fly Fisher and Saltwater Fly Fishing magazines.
Al lectures and presents to many fly fishing clubs and fly shops in Southern California. He hopes to bring more younger people into the sport of saltwater fly fishing through fun events & seminars in Southern California. Al founded the One Surf Fly which lasted nine seasons and supported many fine non-profit organizations. The Double Haul Ball, which is an educational, collaborative effort put forth by my fly fishing friends and FFF certified casters is held at the Long Beach Casting Club once a year. The DHB is a full day of seminars, casting instruction and fly tying, created to help anglers bridge the gap between fresh and saltwater flyfishing. It happens in the spring, date to be announced.
Al Q and friend Conway Bowman (tv celebrity) host the Carp Throwdown at Lake Henshaw in San Diego each June. This Orvis sponsored event is mainly a sight-fishing tournament for carp and has been widely recognized across the country. The tournament is timed around the famous hopper hatch so participants can experience their hand at dry fly sight-fishing for cruising carp. All fish are catch and release.
Al is also on the pro tying staff for Umpqua, Tuffleye and Enrico Puglisi. The Q’s Beach Bug was one of the best selling surf flies in Umpqua’s Surf Fly Series. Other commercial patterns include, Q’s Thin Lizzie, Corbina Candy and the Q’s Ghost Whisper. As an avid fly angler, fly tier, artist and photographer he continues to draw inspiration from the sea.
Al hopes to grow the sport of fly fishing the surf, one person at a time.
Al resides in Westchester, CA with his wife Janet and daughter Quinn. He is a creative director/partner at his agency, Tornado Creative which is located in the historic Helms Bakery in Culver City, CA.
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