#runningthecoast

Qs red pelagic crabs…

Sat down last night and knocked out a few simple Q red pelagic crab flies for some offshore fly fishing. These crabs are everywhere right now and make up a large source of protein for many pelagic species.
These are really easy to tie, you just need to prepare your materials ahead of time.
What I mean is the fly is very easy to assemble once you have the proper materials. For instance, my buddy Denny powder-coated some Flymen Flyfishing Sculpin Heads (small) for me, I pre-made, hand cut my claws with clear silicone/red ep fibers and had some EP shrimp eyes, or you can make your own? I am using a 3/0 “secret” hook that I am field testing, but any good hook will work providing you can get the sculpin head to fit the diameter of the shaft. The rest of the materials are red wool, barred orange/black sili-legs and orange krystal flash for (antenna). It’s a realistic yet simple fly that gets the job done…hope you like?

-Q

 

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somerset flyfishing show…

What a great time me and my flyfishing/fly tying friend, Peter Koga had tying flies at the Somerset Flyfishing show this past weekend. I worked the show tying for Tuffleye and helping out in booth with owners, Ashley and her dad, Ned Lunt. Jason Taylor, Peter Koga, and the master, Bob Popovics all dropped in and tied flies at our booth during the three day event.

For me, originally from Brooklyn, it always feels like a high school reunion when I come back east to the Somerset show in particular. Having the opportunity to see so many talented east coast friends in one place, always blows me away. This show in my opinion is the best of the best. I am always humbled by so many great fly tiers there, too many to name and I always come away inspired, like a kid in a candy store. It’s a great place to shop for prime fly tying materials as well. Chuck and Ben Furimsky do a nice job organizing this event. I hear next year it will not be in Somerset, there will be a new location to be announced.

This year’s show was well attended with packed aisles, we even had a cameo appearance by Donald Jr. and his secret service as they strolled down each aisle chatting with all the vendors and fly fisherman. Highlights of the show for me was sitting with Bob Pop and just watching him tie and dinner with old friends Lily Renzetti, Ned Lunt, Ashley Armbruster, Peter Koga and hearing Bob Clouser tell us some of the most hilarious fishing stories, I haven’t laughed or cried that hard in a while.

If any of you have not tried the Tuffleye brand of products and have any questions, please forward them to me and I will do my best to help answer you. Tuffleye in my opinion is the best light cured acrylic on the market using non UV, visible blue light. Its a safe product that has been used in the dental profession for over sixty years. Bob Popovics turned me on to this when it first hit the market and I haven’t used drop of epoxy since. Visit the Wet-A-Hook technologies website here!

Check out this cool VIDEO by my friend Capt. Ray Stachelek

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Al Q and Howler Bros / Costa Sunglasses poster child, Oliver White.

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My man man and fly tying mentor, Bob Popovics.

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Long line, Mark Sedotti, Al Q and the greatest tournament caster of all time, Steve Rajeff at the G Loomis booth.

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Squid fly tied by Al Q with a Tuffleye/Popovics squid foil using flex, a soft flexible cured acrylic

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Bob Popovics and Ned Lunt of Tuffleye

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Old friend, John McMurray of One More Cast, popped by to say hello! John got fifty stitches in his lip from a surfing accident but it didn’t affect his smile. LOL

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These two young fellas just needed a hug. Nothing I can say that can reflect how much admiration I have for these two guys…

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Peter Laurelli, one of my favorite fly fishing film makers. Check out Peter in the new “Running the Coast ” video by Jamie Howard.

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Jonny King, one of the best fly tyers on the planet. Always good to check-in and hang with Jonny…

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Two of the finest people and fly tiers, Jason Taylor and David Nelson hanging at the Tuffleye booth.

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After dinner, group shot in the hotel lobby. Scott Stryker and Lily Renzetti far left. Scott is one hell of a fly tyer…

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Pat Cohen at his booth. Pat is one talented dude. It was fun hanging with him this year.

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Bob Popovics demonstrating a flex candy in th e Tuffleye booth.

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Bob Popovics tying the Beast! Worth the price of admission for sure!

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Bob Popovics tying the Beast! Worth the price of admission for sure!

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Ashley Armbruster, my buddy and the Queen of Tuffleye.

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running the coast…

Words really can not describe the great striped bass migration on the east coast, one really needs to witness it first hand to understand the mysterious beauty and power of nature doing what it has done for as long as there was man, fish and bait… my friend Jamie Howard is a master of capturing wonderful moments in film.

I met Jamie back when he was filming Bass: The Movie, with my other good buddy, John Sherman. We had dinner one night in Santa Monica while they were filming and had a few laughs.

Jamie’s fly fishing video portfolio is crazy good including many classic videos such as Chasing Silver, In Search of a Rising Tide, Location X and Chasing Silver: Andy’s Return. Jamie has a way of being there when it counts, he surrounds himself with the best in the business for sure. He has that knack of allowing the viewer to discover those magical moments as if they are experiencing them for the first time. Running The Coast is long, its about three and a half hours, fortunately broken into three sections, Spring, Summer and Fall. I sat through the entire film in one sitting, I couldn’t stop watching it. It has many of my dear flyfishing friends in it which makes me a little bias but none the less the cinematography is awesome and all the characters Jamie has chosen to support the story of the stripah migration are perfect industry ambassadors. I would highly suggest you guys purchase and stream this video for yourself or fanatical fishing friends for the holidays…it’s a great ride! – Al Q

CLICK HERE for more information on how to purchase and stream this film!

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Jamie Howard’s selfie holding a 13+ largemouth bass held up at a undisclosed location. photo courtesy of Jamie Howard. Nice dude!

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