pic of the day!


A beautiful 600 pound mako puts on a show. photo by Al Quattrocchi

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chillin like james bond…


photo courtesy of Sealander

The Sealander! 

This is a cool trailer/boat concept that is manufactured in Germany. Unfortunately you can only get one if you drive up to Canada and drive it back. Wish the platform had a casting deck and pole, then we would be talking! grin…

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holy carpasaurus batman!


photo and text courtesy of the IGFA. Hiratsuka’s Common Carp Japanese angler Koichi Hiratsuka caught and released this 102 cm common carp (Cyprinus carpio) on May 17th while fishing Lake Biwa, Japan. Hiratsuka needed only 10 minutes to subdue the big carp after it ate the boilie bait he was using. If approved, the catch will replace the existing All-Tackle Length world record which currently stands at 100 cm.



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pic of the day!


Fishing some new real estate paid off. A beautiful clean bean, sight casted and landed by our buddy Larry Acord on one of his special corbina flies. Photo by Denny Kaneoka

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pic of the day…


A clean bean landed locally on a go-to pink merkin by an old friend and fine angler, Jim Solomon. Photo by Jim Solomon.

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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?



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Save the date…the Qman is coming to a beach near you!


We are going to the big pond! I will be doing the Southern California fly fishing club circuit this summer. For those of you that might want to try your hand in some saltwater beach fly fishing, I will try to take the pain out of it and break it down so you can be safe and understand all you need to know to DIY it and have fun…hope to see some new faces! 🙂 I will also have my new fly design, “Come Fly With Me” long sleeve shirts available for purchase, supplies are limited…

Club Dates:

Santa Barbara Fly Fishers: Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Fly Fishing Club of Orange County: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Pasadena Casting Club: Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Golden State Flycasters: Monday, July 17th, 2017

Wilderness Fly Fishers & Sierra Pacific Flyfishers: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Sespe Fly Fishers: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

tight lines…

-Al Q

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CTD results are in…



for more information and photos, please visit the official carp throwdown website!
the new photo gallery should be up in the next day or so.


-Al & Conway


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save the date…june 3rd

The 9th Annual Carp Throwdown brought to you by Conway Bowman and me is happening Saturday, June 3rd 2017 at Carp Headquarters, Lake Henshaw in San Diego. If you have never participated in this event, it is a blast and one of my favorite fishing events of the year. Its the place that the best carp fisherman all converge to highlight their skills and get drunk, LOL. Only kidding! Some of the best people I have ever met are at the CTD for sure, great group of guys and girls. There will be music and popcorn on Friday night and we have an amazing raffle to help support our good friends at Healing Waters. Thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors that help make this possible. Hope to see some new faces this year. Cheers

-Al Q

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the double haul ball this saturday!



This is a fun educational day to meet new friends and learn all you need to know about fly casting and tying flies from our local experts…Please help support CastHope at this year’s raffle. Hogan Brown and Ryan Johnston have flown down from Northern Cal to do a presentation and chat about their wonderful organization. There will be bluegrass music and a lunch break between noon and 1pm. I’m unfortunately gonna miss it this year due to the passing of a very close friend back in New York. I will be there in spirit. Special thanks to our friends at AFTCO who donated some really cool shirts and hats to the raffle this year….tight lines everybody

Map to the Long Beach Casting Club!


-Al Q

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