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pizza and feathers…


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first marlin on fly….


all images courtesy of Youtube and IGFA


Watch this cool vintage footage of great big game angler, Doc Robinson and his wife Helen, also a great angler, (Mrs. Robinson set women’s world records, among them the 1961 capture of a 796-pound black marlin and a 584-pound black marlin in 1962, both at Pinas Bay, Panama) hooking what is believed to be the first striped marlin on fly in Baja. courtesy of the IGFA archives and YouTube. Click Here!

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where it all began…


(Fish & Fisheries Building as photographed from the Wooden Island)


Great website on The North Pond Casting Pier and Chicago’s fly fishing history…

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culver city art walk, this saturday…

I hope some of you guys at this Saturday’s, Culver City Arts District’s Art Walk from 2pm to 6pm. I will be selling some of my fly fishing artwork and fly creations. I will have a few Gyotaku prints from my 12# line class world record calico bass (largest to date caught on fly) for sale.


I will also do some of my original colored pencil hand fly sketches (5×7 printed card stock, suitable for framing)

…and a few hand tied anchovies and squids in sardine cans…first come,  limited supply (couldn’t eat enough sardines to make a lot more! LOL)


Click here for more info:
Participating Artists:
Caroline Beghin-Kircher
Kevin Bradley
Jerolyn Crute Sackman
Ruth Katzenstein Souza
Diana Mausser
Nancy Nimoy
Al Quattrocchi 
Chris Rohloff
Jeff Smith
Gary Steinborn
Joni Takeshita
Alison Wright

The event will take place in the new Helms Design Center, on the Washington Boulevard side of the historic Helms Bakery complex. 8745 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
Free parking at the Metro Station and in the Venice lot at the Helms Bakery.

There will be drinks and light snacks available and rockin’ live music from Par Avion. (our favorite surf band!)

Please invite your friends and share this event on social media. We look forward to this artistic collaboration and hope to see you all there!

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underwater gallery…


A digital rendering of Doug Aitken’s “pavilions,” geometric structures that are to be suspended underwater in a kelp-rich marine preserve off the town of Avalon on Catalina Island, in California.CreditDigital rendering by Doug Aitken Workshop/Parley for the Oceans/MOCA; Image by Conner MacPhee

Read the NY Times story here!

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hawaiian bliss…

Here’s a little photo collage of our trip last week to Molokai and Oahu with my friends Denny, Peter, Zino and Roy. This was my first Hawaiian bonefishing experience and my Hawaiian buds got it wired. We spent three days in Molokai and one day in Oahu. What an amazing fishery to experience first hand. Seeing two to three foot bonefish, dorsels and tails cutting through the water, less than ten feet from me in knee deep water was epic. In fact i am ruined, and keep playing those images in my head. The boys all did great, I had never fished there before and had a hard time getting those fish to eat the fly, well, I either spooked them or they plain out refused my offerings, maybe because I was a haole, LOL. I learned a ton and hopefully shall return one day with a better luck or game plan. I will say the weather, and tropical depression was not working in our favor, but that is all part of the game. If it was easy it wouldn’t keep you coming back. It’s not always about catching and I always take away something positive wherever I go. The highlights of the trip for me was the camaraderie, sunsets, great local food and great aloha spirit my friends showed me during my stay. I want to thank our friend Ken for his hospitality and sharing his backyard with us. Hawaii is a special place and I am blessed to have been able to experience that fishery with such good friends! Mahalo.

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Barracuda fly fishing is really an under-rated fun fishery, they jump, pull hard and are nasty looking.

Check out Frankie Marion’s recently produced barracuda-on-fly film here!  and please share it!

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it’s in the book…


Well, i can finally sleep at night knowing that that once in a lifetime achievement is officially recorded and documented by the IGFA. These two flyfishing records officially got in last friday. What a crazy morning, May 14th, 2016 was. Seems like a dream in slow motion. Special thanks to my pal, Dr. John Whitaker for taking me to the promiseland…

Hope to see some of you all at the Saltwater Fly gathering at the Southbay Flyfishing club in Westchester tomorrow night at 7:30 pm. Its an informal meeting to share information so we can all be better at the game we love…I will hopefully kick it off with an IGFA film of Ted Williams fly fishing the keys… tight lines

-Al Q

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the brook trout never lies…

Last weekend we got out to one of our local hot spots for a little morning action with our old friend Rick Olson of Olson Visual. Rick had just got back from a family road vacation to our National Parks with his family and he was ready for action. He needed a little fishing fix so when John Whitaker asked me if I knew anyone ready to play we got Rick into a few…it was a great morning on the water although it started off a little slow due to the slack low tide. Once the tide started to push and the current built, the fish started to chew. It was nice having a few bonus bonita boil around the boat willing to eat out flies. Most of the fish were feeding on small micro baits but the old standard #4 olive and white clouser minnows got chewed on pretty good. Thanks to John Whitaker for always being a gracious fishing host and by setting the new bar at 71 fish on his last outing on friday, we came up a little short but no one was complaining. The brook trout has been getting a work out! LOL

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pics of the day…

here are a few recap photos from the beach office…

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