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This past One Surf Fly was the last One Surf Fly for Al Quattrocchi
Well, I am going to say it was a privilege and honor to have created such a well received fly fishing event. It was grass roots, for the people by the people. We raised over $25,000 for many non-profits all of which either help support our mother ocean or helped those less fortunate experience the experience of fly fishing. This was the ninth OSF event I put together with many of my friends. This event originated right at Dockweiler and it was fitting to have the last one right back we we began. I want to thank the SW council for helping me this year, it was much needed due to my tight schedule and family issues. I want to thank all my sponsors over the years. They will all be getting personal letter from me. This goes to show you that anything is possible, and we can all do good things for the sport, we are so passionate about.
When I started the One Surf Fly, there was nothing fun going on in our local fly fishing scene. I am glad to see this event sparked others in our industry to follow suit. The OSF was created to bring people together to share experiences, make new friendships and help people. I believe we all accomplished this together. There are many new challenges ahead, and I plan to be involved in more cool flyfishing things like the Carp Throwdown and The Double Haul Ball.
The Double Hall Ball and fly fishing education are areas I am very interested in building. We have a great core of guys and gals that work with us each year. Some of the best casting instructors in the world. I hope my sponsors will help us grow these events and help us make a difference in our fly fishing community through generous contributions.
To all of those who experienced the One Surf Fly first hand, I want to personally thank you for being part of something very special. I will never forget the days we spent on the sand.
Cheers and tight lines, but not too tight…
Me and Jim Solomon will be talking surf fishing, flycasting and all about the One Surf Fly tomorrow am on the Mighty 1090AM between 7am and 9am…tune in…
I had the good fortune to fish with my calico buddy, Dr. John Whitaker on Sunday morning. I made sure I dusted off my sage Xi3 10 weight and tied up some of my productive sculpin flies which were attached to 16# fluorocarbon leader. We were going to the land of giants and it was going to be full combat fishing. If we hooked any good fish, there would be no messing around, you hold on tight, go big or go home. If you never did this type of fishing it isn’t for the faint of heart. We fish tight, ride on swells and spin around in the toilet bowl, just trying to keep the boat in position. Often times John will not cast, keep the engine running and try to keep us in a good position for me to make a cast. It is one of my favorite ways to fish, the anticipation of a big fish or as John refers to “Walter” whomping your fly in what I would call a tough neighborhood filled with snags, underwater elephants (boulders) kelp stringers and sometimes lobster traps often gives the odds to Walter. I still haven’t met Mr Walter yet, I have experienced him at the end of my line a few times only having to curse him for cutting me off and parting my leader. I have seen him beat my fishing buddies from time to time too. Whitaker on the other hand has met his first cousin when he broke the 20# if tippet record with a 8.3 pound calico. The difference between a 6 pound and 8 pound fish is like the difference between Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson, they bought fight hard but Mike delivers the knockout in the few seconds of the first round. Well I am not complaining, we caught a few nice fish on Sunday, but Walter is still out there and I have a dinner reservation with him, and I am bringing my A game.
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Cutoff is April 7th! There may be a few extras at the Award Ceremony to purchase but I may not have your size. so it’s best to preorder so we will have it with your name the morning of the event. We will ship shirts after April 23rd if you need it shipped…
This is where we will have our One Surf Fly after party ceremony and raffle. Thanks to our good buddy Dr. John Whitaker for securing this great venue and working with the white sea bass release program for many years. Thanks to Jim Solomon for bringing us Capt. Charlie Moore from Alagalita.org to us to speak at the Double Haul Ball and be the recipient from our raffle along with the Redondo Beach Sea Lab this year!
Another fine day at the Long Beach Casting Pond alongside many good fishing friends and mentors. We were fortunate to get a beautiful day, not too hot, not too much wind, perfect for being outside or inside and enjoying the sport of fly fishing. We had around 100 guests during the course of the day.
This was the first year we added a donation and raffle with the help of the FFF Southwest Council for covering some of our expenses and helping to support Algalita.org.
Thank you Michael Schweit, Melinda, Janet, Nick, Analiza, and all the FFF crew. We were fortunate to have Capt. Charlie Moore enlighten us all with his new film, as we all explored the floating plastic desert in the Great Pacific Gyre. Check out algalita.org for more information.
Special thanks to Alex Ramirez for bringing us a Redington rod, Sage reel and fly line to our raffle and sharing his fantastic line of fly rods for everyone to test out.
Thanks to Larry and Cecila of the Wilderness Fly Fishers for providing lunches for our guests. John Van Derhoff, Jim Solomon, Michael Maloney and Bob Middo for their fantastic fly casting demonstrations. Matt Abrams, Alex Cady, Teena Carlos, Mike Centofanti, Kevin Green, Vaughn Podmore, & Dave Valadez for their hand skills at the vices and their donations on fly sales.
Bernard and Rebecca of Par Avion for their screaming set of Pulp Surf vibrations. Caroline Beghin-Kircher for her wonderful artwork.
All the helpers and volunteers and a special shout out to Capt. Charles Moore for doing the courageous work that noone seems to want to do but is so important for keeping our planet whole. Please forgive me if I left anyone out – Al Q