pic of the day…updated


Photo courtesy of Capt. Gene Quigley of Shore Catch Guide Service. WTG Geno!

Ok check this out, Gene is an old friend of over twenty years now, he’s been guiding a long time and is a great guide, writer and lecturer. We first met and fished together back in Marthas Vineyard, over twenty years ago. I remember those days vividly catching big bass together off his center console that he trailered up, sliding alongside the rips and swinging large bucktail deceivers with sinking shooting heads into schools of exploding squid. We crushed some nice bass in the twenty to thirty pound range, and back then those were the largest stripers I ever caught on fly. But this pic takes the cake, last weekend he guided one of his clients to three bass over forty, I The largest fish was 46 pounds.

“So 3 fish in one day  – 40lbs 44lbs and 46 lbs all in four hours in one trip – fishing outside the schools – The 44 and 46 came in back to back casts !!!” – Capt Gene Quigley

The flies used were large Beast Fleyes, designed by Bob Popovics and custom-tied by Andrew Warshawer, who by the way, is an amazing young fly tier, follow him on instagram. If you are ever back east give Capt Gene Quigley  of Shore Catch Guiding Service a call for the bass of a life time, tell him Al Q sent ya….LOL

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thank you Pasadena Orvis…

I really didn’t expect many people at last Saturday’s Orvis Pasadena EP tying day due to Memorial Day weekend, but I was pleasantly surprised to have around 30-35 enthusiastic fly anglers willing to keep me company. We spent three hours going over some tips and tricks and I ended up getting through five, actually six different fly patterns all highlighting EP products. Thanks for all who attended, Thanks to the Pasadena Fly Fishing club for coming out to always support me, and to Jacob and staff at the Pasadena Orvis Store for graciously hosting me and being so awesome….and thanks to Enrico Puglisi for letting me do this.


-Al Q

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pic of the day…


Well what can I say, this photo comes to me a little late, (like from a week ago), but needs to be shared. My buddy Randy got the itch to run long for some Bluefin tuna action out of San Diego on his center console and while looking and fishing for schoolie BFT, he flylines a sardine under some birds and this 160 pounder eats his bait and decides to take him for a ride. Fishing SOLO, Randy stayed on this fish for almost three hours, it took all his line 6 times until he was able to head gaff it and tail rope it. What an amazing story and catch. Oh, and all on 30 pound test with a 1/0 hook. I am calling him the “old man in the sea” from now on, lol WTG pal! A fish of a lifetime on light tackle. Photo courtesy of Randall Norris.

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be safe out there…

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Prior to recreational activities in the LA River, please check the new web page for water quality. Swimming in the river is always prohibited but you may for walk, fish, and kayak in the recreational zones from Memorial Day through September 30.


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the pic of the day!


My buddy Justin Carrol with an absolute beast of a calico bass. Justin landed this fish this past Saturday fishing a brown plastic bait in the boilers off our local islands. She went just shy of nine pounds. WTG brother, you are in an elite club, very proud of ya. Photo courtesy of Justin Reynolds/Radio Silence Fishing

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Enrico Puglisi materials day…


Save the date: I will be doing a FREE in-store demo at the Pasadena Orvis Fly Shop in a few weeks of some of my favorite local fly patterns using EP (Enrico Puglisi) fly tying materials and showing you how easy or complicated you can make fly tying. LOL Actually the materials are very easy to use once you learn the proper techniques and have the right tools to keep thing simple.

I will tie a modified Surfin Merkin/sand crab (corbina are right around the corner folks), a shad (freshwater bass), a squid (everything in saltwater eats squid, even me!), a anchovy/sardine (local inshore fav) and a bluegill (Large Mouth Bass).

It should be fun, I hope to see you there and hopefully some new faces too…



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for the love of carp…

I just wanted to thank my buddies Trevor Tanner, Dustin Sergent, Jon Nakano, and Jim Solomon for taking the time to spend a few hours up at the Fishermens’s Spot with me to share their knowledge and help to change lives. This is the best story that came out of our Carp Town Hall this past weekend. A young boy named Ali and his dad, Haissam were glued watching us tie some carp flies and asking great questions about carp on the fly.  Trevor spent time with him making sure he was on point. Ali sat and soaked up all the nuggets of great information in Trevor and Dustin’s presentations. The next day Ali wanted to catch his first fish on the fly and he wanted it to be a carp! So Frank from the Spot took him down to the LA River and they hooked two and landed one beauty. Look at that kid’s smile! That is what it is all about folks, the torch has been past and I am sure Ali will become a great steward and example of fly fishing to his generation. As lefty alway said: “Pass Knowledge forward”

This was the email I received from Ali’s dad last night!

Hi Al,
I know you saw Ali got his first fish on the fly and got his wish for that fish to be a Carp.  It was a pretty sweet fight to watch go down and this beauty took more than a few runs.
You asked for a pic, so here’s one from my camera that hasn’t been posted yet.  

Ali says “Hooked up with a Carp before this one with one of the flies you gave me (you=Al Q) but it managed to escape, thank you very much.”  end of Ali quote

Thanks for the workshop yesterday!
From one generation to the next, anglers take notes while dreaming of that big fish to come. (Jim Burns)

From one generation to the next, anglers take notes while dreaming of that big fish to come. (photo: Jim Burns)


photo courtesy of Ali’s dad, Haissam

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sunblock is your friend…


Just got back from a new dermatologist. I got a good report, she was impressed that my bald head looks so good given the sun exposure I have had. I attribute this to always wearing a hat, buff and good sunscreen. I always want to learn and ask what sun screen do they personally use, given the fact they see it all. Well, here are two products she just suggested, I bought the lip balm ($10) and will buy the Raw Elements product next online. It comes out of Rhode Island.  When a dermatologist tells you she uses these products on her baby, i listen. These two products use zinc which we both feel stays on longer and is the most effective form on protection and they have no harmful chemicals or additives. Just sharing the love with y’all, I know there are many choices out there, the point is, please use sun screen and cover up so you can enjoy many more days on the water! This has been a public service announcement…lol

peace and love

-Al Q

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Should be a fun Carp Open House this Saturday, May 5th at the Fishermen’s Spot in Van Nuys with me, Trevor Tanner and Dustin Sergent. Fly tying at 11am, Presentation at Noon! Also my good friend Darin Elmore will be on hand to discuss and test cast Scientific Angler‘s newest fly lines. We will tie a few flies, do a Q & A, discuss carp tactics. I will show a few Carp Throw Down slides and the boys may do some casting techniques in the parking lot. Bring lots of questions, plan on having fun and learning some new things, I know I will! LOL

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a friday smile :)

Mill Brook After Snow

Ice on Mill Brook, Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 24″ © 2018, all images courtesy of Galen Mercer.

Ice Bound Brook, Catskills

Ice Bound Brook, Catskills, Oil on Cradled Panel, 20″ x 24″ © 2018, all images courtesy of Galen Mercer.

Ice On Mill Brook

Mill Brook After Snow, Oil on Canvas, 19″ x 25″
© 2018, all images courtesy of Galen Mercer.


I happen to be the proud owner of one of Galen Mercer’s original flats paintings and it makes me smile every single time I look at it. Its a painting of a beautiful turquoise flat in the Marquesas, due south of Key West, the magical place I caught my first tarpon on the fly. A memory I will treasure my entire life.

Galen is a very talented landscape artist and if your serious about owning original art from a modern day master, i would consider one of his paintings. Galen just sent me some new work which i would like to share with you, hope it makes you smile too…give him a shout if you have any questions…or click on his name to take you to his studio website.

In Galen’s words, “I am enclosing the first of what I feel has been a good winter’s work. In the wake of several large snowstorms, and picking up a theme begun last year, I journeyed to the Catskills seeking painting subjects among the smaller brooks and streams. This newest group consists of three pools along Mill Brook, a lovely trout stream and tributary of the Pepacton reservoir. I learned recently that both Harry Darbee and A.J. McLane believed this stream the prettiest in the Catskills. Certainly a judgement call (so much lovely water) but it is undeniably among the least changed. These minor rivers and streams have a beauty that seems very much removed from time.”
2946 VT Route 313 West
Arlington, VT. 05250
 Tel – (802) 375-9537



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