about Q

AlQ_montaukbass_webI am just your ordinary obsessed saltwater fly fishing knucklehead! 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 Q

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 the “One Surf Fly” event which he created to help promote the sport along the coast in Southern California. Al also created the Double Haul Ball, which is an educational, collaborative effort put forth by fly fishing friends and FFF certified casters and held at the Long Beach Casting Club. 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.

Al Q and friend Conway Bowman (Bowman Bluewater & Flyfishing the World)  host the Carp Throwdown at Lake Henshaw, 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.

Al is also on the pro tying staff for Umpqua and Tuffleye. The Q’s Beach Bug is one of the best selling surf flies in Umpqua’s Surf Fly Series. Other commercial patterns include, Q’s Thin Lizzie, 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 Tornado Creative located in the historic Helms Bakery in
Culver City, CA.

Al’s fishing blogs and workplace (where the magic happens):  tornado creative

Follow me on Instagram! HERE

www.carpthrowdown.com   theflyzone

Pro-staff member and products I use and endorse:

Abel Reels

Buffs

Daiichi Hooks

Enrico Puglisi

FishHead App

Hatch Fly Reels

Howler Bros.

Patagonia

Mustad

Redington

Rio Products

Sage

Simms

Smith Optics

Tibor Reels

Tuffleye

Umpqua Feather Merchants

YETI

14 Comments

14 thoughts on “about Q

  1. Brian Hodges

    Hey Mr Q,
    Glad I found your blog sight. (from a referance on fliflicker blog) Nice setup. Good info in a well developed mediam. You are a good story teller. Had fun on the delta with you all. (even though the fishing was not red hot) Maybe I’ll see’ya at the one surf. Good Job. Hope things are going well.

    Brian Hodges (from Bakersfield)

    • ondafly

      hey brian:
      glad you liked my stories. you have to come to the OSF5 to pick up your reel! LOL hope to fish with you again soon!
      -Q

  2. Tony

    Great site! Newbie (surf) fly guy and looking forward to learning from this great resource. Quick product question…who makes the stripping basket shown in the Corbina Underground pic above?

  3. Hey there,
    I’ve been told that you (maybe last year) gave a great seminar on sight fishing for Corbina OTF in the surf and as usual I missed the boat and only heard about the event way after the fact. I was wondering if this seminar at Marriots was recorded and if so if there was someplace online that I could access a video so I can pseudo attend the seminar. If not will you be giving any future seminars on this topic?

    Thanks for the site this is a great resource!

    -Brian

    • ondafly

      Brian:
      Thanks for your kind words, I will be doing my corbina presentation at the San Diego Fly Club on Monday, July 1st and The Sierra Fly Fishers in Bakerfield on Saturday, July 13th, that’s all I got for ya..grin!

      • Sounds good, thank you for the heads up, I will try and attend one of the two.

        Regards,

        – Brain

  4. scoop

    Al, tons of great info condensed here. Any chance you have a link to the ghost whisperer tie, I couldn’t find it.

  5. I’d like to send you some art, reach out, http://www.relogear.com

  6. Frenchy

    Been fly fishing corbina last 3 weeks here in san diego county , been chewed up and spit out so many times (ha)! but managed to hook one and he or she bolted to the horizon taking my leader with… it was a exciting 5 seconds and hyper speed very fun ! I was using a surfing merkin (pink ) and Im tying my own , any tips on these torpedos would help thanks ….frenchy

    • ondafly

      Frenchy, first i would make sure I am using a good connection. I use a non-slip mono loop to the fly. Then I would make sure to use strong tippet, like 12# they are not leader shy and a heavier pound tippet will allow you to play the fish without worrying about your tippet popping. the last tip would be to alway use the same length leader so you are consistent in your presentation. good luck.

  7. Terry

    Al,

    Thanks for all you do for the saltwater fly fishing community. I read a lot of your stuff and for those of us who are new to Flyfishing the surf, you really are a great resource. Sincerely, thank you. Do you know where I can buy pink and gray Surfin Merkins referenced in your recent article in California Flyfisher Magazine. I don’t tie flies and have searched the Internet and can only find white. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Can I buy them from you?

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