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

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The Barbless Podcast…

Check out the Barbless Podcast interview my buddy Conway Bowman did from San Diego that aired last week!
The Barbless Podcast is headquartered out of Chico CA.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-socal-fishing-podcast-barbless-co/id1494996691?i=1000463827810

 

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Tomorrow is the last shot over the bow!

Please join us on Wednesday, December 11th at
9:30 a.m. at the California National Resources Agency Building’s Auditorium in Sacramento for the Department of Fish & Wildlife commission meeting agenda item #9 regarding the Delta fisheries. The Auditorium is located at 1416 9th Street.

“If your in the Sacramento area, they need around 500 people to show up to stop this legislation” – Al Q

This is our last chance to advocate and fight to save our Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass in the Bay, Delta and rivers in Northern California.

Please share this flyer with your friends and post it on social media in order to get the word out.

 

 

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Qs Betta Bendback… three flies in one!

“The Qs Betta-Bendback pattern is three flies in one, deceiver, bendback and hi-tie!  it’s weedless, swims hook up when stripped fast and will stick em in the top lip, i would keep a few in your box, you never know when they will come in handy….photo by Al Q

 

copyright 2019 Artwork by Al Quattrocchi

Here’s a little sketch describing the process and thinking behind this pattern.

I will be doing a step by step soon, and a video showing this fly in action, so stay tuned… Al Q

 

 

 

 

 

 

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pic of the day…

Our friend Mark from Okuma getting it done on the fly rod! “Thanks coaches…got the one I was looking for!” – Mark  Me and my buddy Jim have been working with Mark’s casting and he’s just getting better and better…WTG bro!

 

 

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Our old friend Doug Spieske with a beautiful northern pike, (not musky) landed on a perch fly. WTG buddy! photo courtesy of Doug Spieske.

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JB is in the books…

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Well Saturday night turned out to be a fabulous evening at the Patagonia store in Santa Monica, where we premiered the film “Finding Joe Brooks”. It was all to benefit two important non-profit organizations making a difference in our fly fishing community, The Joe Brooks Foundation and CastHope, San Diego Chapter. We began at 5pm with a bad-ass tailgate party, including Traeger’s barbecued pork loin sliders, and sides provided by Maple Block, in Culver City which included potato salad, cole slaw, and mac n cheese. Everyone who purchased a their $20 ticket also received a raffle ticket and two drink tickets with choices of a bourbon tasting, soft drinks or IPA beer. We had musical guests, Par Avion, serving up some hip surf music for ambience. Our raffle item table was full of prizes ranging from a loaded Traeger Tailgater wood burning barbecue, a Yeti 45 to $100 dollar gift certificates from AFTCO. Some of our vendors present displaying information and products were Alex Ramirez with Sage/Redington, Dwight Hwang of Fishing with Gyotaku, The Sierra Pacific Club tying Joe Brooks Blondes, Cast Hope and the Fishermens Spot. The party moved across the street at 7pm where we held the first half of the raffle, did introductions, played a short of Dwights Gyotaku printmaking process and began viewing the film. It was a very powerful film about how one man changed fly fishing forever, a film every fly fisherman should see. After the film the raffle continued with some of the larger prizes like the Traeger, Yeti, Patagonia Tenkara package, a Hatch fly reel, an original Gyotaku and much more. Everyone mingled around afterwards, grabbed a cup of Joe and some chocolate chip cookies for the road and all left with big smiles on their faces…

Kudos to Judson, store manager and his fantastic staff for making the evening look effortless, it was a lot of work and much appreciated…

Special thanks to all who participated behind the scenes, all our local fly clubs for supporting this, and mking this evening very special to me and everyone who attended.

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until our next adventure together…

cheers

-Al Q

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the big “not so” easy…

Just got the report from some of the SoCal boys that just got back from Hopedale, Louisiana, fly fishing last week with our friend, Miles LaRose of FlySouth. Seemed they hit some pockets of poor weather and had overall slow fishing with moments of grandeur. That seems to be normal for this time of year. Its a hunting game, when weather allows. I usually say that if you string four days together and get one or two good days of fishing, your doing great in Louisiana. Weather is always going to be a moving target in the gulf. For first timers to the Big Easy, excluding Warren who technically fished there last August, the boys did great. My buddy, John Whitaker landed that bucket-list, bull red of 31 pounds on a Q purple/black fly, which i was stoked about. Warren got his first Sheepshead on the fly and a beauty at that. Nice going boys!

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