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About ondafly

I have met some of the most amazing people through fly fishing. Paying forward all the knowledge and lessons I have acquired over my life is worth sharing. I continue to learn something new every day on the water. Fishing makes me happy and sharing it with good like-minded people is what it's all about. Life is short, smile each day, and have fun, hopefully near water.

new running line test…

I just picked up a spool of this OPST Lazar running line , gave it the Q cast test and really like the way it performs. So far, I am a believer.

My friend Paul Cronin turned me onto it and said it is a very popular Skagit running line used for throwing long, on streams for salmon and steelhead. Being an old salty shooting head guy that likes to make my own custom sinking shooting heads, I decided to see what all the talk was about and built a 27 foot T-14 head, looped on both ends and attached it to some pink #50 pound OPST Lazar line with a double surgeons loop. I cinched down the loop knot real tight and compact and coated it with pliobond to clean up the knot so it sails through the guides easily. I did three tests, all performed off a small arbor reel which tends to keep tight loop coils. First test was just to strip a bunch of line on the floor, give it a good stretch, make one pick up with my head outside the rod tip, one back cast and a forward haul.  With ease the line flew through the guides, no tangles and I taped out my very first cast at 85 feet. The second test was to cast the line out of a shallow basket and then a deep stripping basket. Both performed well as you can see in the video that my daughter Quinn shot for me.

What I learned so far is as long as you give this running line a good stretch, it performs well, with little memory in coiling. The diameter seems thick enough to handle, but I need to fish it to see if I can hold onto it, on a big fish when its wet. One tip I want to try is to use a piece of electrical tape wrapped around the cork handle to cause friction in stopping the line. I will have to try that and report back, LOL

please be safe out there…

-Al Q

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viva la pinche…

Professional permit hunter and friend, Wade Yoshi, is all smiles after landing another beautiful permit on one of Qs Pinche crab flies, thanks for sharing these pics Wade!

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Artwork © 2020 Al Quattrocchi. All rights Reserved

Don’t know about anyone else but as the world seems to be unraveling all I can think about is being in a happy, calm place with friends and family. Hope everyone out there stays safe, and is respectful to others around them…tight lines

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pic of the day…

A beautiful 27 inch, halibut landed off the surf last week on fly by veteran surf angler, Jim Solomon. The fish was released unharmed. @theflyzone Photo courtesy of Jim Solomon.

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pics of the day…

photos courtesy of Ryan Toal

photos courtesy of Ryan Toal

photos courtesy of Ryan Toal

My friend Ryan just emailed me a few pics from his trek through France. He has never fished there and is going to Ireland next. He seems to be having a great time so far, stream side in the Pyrennes catching grayling and wild rainbows while snacking on cheese, bread, prosciutto and wine, life is good! LOL

WTG buddy.

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new saltyfly calico design…

©2019 Artwork by Al Quattrocchi, All Rights Reserved.

Last year, I redesigned my friend, Vaughn Podomore’s SaltyFly logo for some tee shirts he wanted to do. This was the No.1 design in the series, “the yellowtail”, which i believe is almost sold out!

The No. 2 design, “the calico” is still just a prototype but will be revealed soon, keep an eye out for it.

Check out Vaughn’s inshore guided fly fishing adventures:

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SoCal Grunion runs…

It’s always a good thing to keep an eye out for the local grunion runs along our shores, they bring in the predators in tight, great time to hit the early morning surf with a clouser minnow fly or lucky craft. Tight lines

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Pic of the day!

Fish of a lifetime!

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! 👊

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another happy angler of the FlyZone!

Still crushing them in Patagonia, our buddy Wayne, who has been working on his casting with the Fly Zone just texted us a few nice fish… “Thanks boys for the help in making this achievement possible!”  – Wayne

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pic of the day…


“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 for expert guidance on casting and being prepared on the flats…

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