holy cow…pic of the day


BAM! A giant 49 inch striped bass landed on the fly, somewhere out of Massachusetts on Halloween night. She was released unharmed.

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simms pro delta day 2016…

Last weekend, my friend Zino and I decided to hit it early on a Friday morning from sunny Los Angeles and drive north to Bethal Island (aprox. 5.5 hour drive) to the CA Delta. The Sugar Barge on Bethal Island is home of the annual Simms Pro Delta Day hosted by our old friend, John Sherman of Simms. The main event was Saturday from noon to late in the evening and sponsors of this event were Simms, Costa , Hatch Outdoors and Yeti. It was a record turnout with I believe 150 participants. Some of my favorite seminars were Cast Hope, Costa’s Kick Plastic, hearing Bobby Barrack rant on bass fishing (worth the price of admission!) and a panel talk with Delta pioneer Dan Blanton, and guides Maury Hatch and Noel de Guzman on various fishing techniques they have implemented for landing fish in the Delta. This event is like a homecoming for me, I get to see many of the old faces that are still in the industry and mingle with many of the newcomers too, it is a really cool, social event and I am proud of John Sherman for building it up each year, the first one was held in his backyard, around six years ago.

So we got to fish half a day after our long drive, (friday afternoon) with Dan Blanton, an old friend and mentor of mine. No-one knows the Delta fishery better than Dan. I remember back when he first fished it with Nick Curcione and started to write about it’s diversity and fishability. Conditions were not optimal but we still scratched out about a dozen or so fish in a few hours. The fishing was a little off probably due to the super moon phase. I have caught many stripers in my lifetime and I know first hand, full moon tides fish great at night, stripers are low light, nocturnal predators. The fish although small and plentiful on the meter were probably full to their stomach and were laying low during the day, but we managed to force feed a few. Highlight for me was getting a few blowups and one small fish to eat a popper.

The second day conditions were similar, when we fished the early am tides with Capt. Bryce Tedford. Bryce was enthusiastic about trying some big fish water with less anglers and we we all for that plan. We fished hard for Bryce and we scratched out about a dozen small fish in around four hours, all fun! The CA Delta is facing many challenging issues and with our new republican administration may be under siege once again. It is a beautiful place with many big fish for those willing to put in the time, I hope the water stays in the Delta for generations to come, it a remarkable place. I always look forward to next year!

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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!


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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pic of the week…


A beautiful twenty plus peacock bass landed by my friend, Eric Ersch from The Fly Shop, somewhere in the Amazon Jungle, LOL. Photo courtesy of Eric Ersch.

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legendary flats guide and fly-fishing pioneer Bill Curtis has passed away…


excerpt courtesy of the IGFA Hall of Fame inductee page.

Read a nice tribute by our friend Kirk Deeter on Bill’s passing in Angler Trade magazine.

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pizza and feathers…


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first marlin on fly….


all images courtesy of Youtube and IGFA


Watch this cool vintage footage of great big game angler, Doc Robinson and his wife Helen, also a great angler, (Mrs. Robinson set women’s world records, among them the 1961 capture of a 796-pound black marlin and a 584-pound black marlin in 1962, both at Pinas Bay, Panama) hooking what is believed to be the first striped marlin on fly in Baja. courtesy of the IGFA archives and YouTube. Click Here!

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where it all began…


(Fish & Fisheries Building as photographed from the Wooden Island)


Great website on The North Pond Casting Pier and Chicago’s fly fishing history…


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culver city art walk, this saturday…

I hope some of you guys at this Saturday’s, Culver City Arts District’s Art Walk from 2pm to 6pm. I will be selling some of my fly fishing artwork and fly creations. I will have a few Gyotaku prints from my 12# line class world record calico bass (largest to date caught on fly) for sale.


I will also do some of my original colored pencil hand fly sketches (5×7 printed card stock, suitable for framing)

…and a few hand tied anchovies and squids in sardine cans…first come,  limited supply (couldn’t eat enough sardines to make a lot more! LOL)


Click here for more info: http://tornadocreative.com/events/
Participating Artists:
Caroline Beghin-Kircher
Kevin Bradley
Jerolyn Crute Sackman
Ruth Katzenstein Souza
Diana Mausser
Nancy Nimoy
Al Quattrocchi 
Chris Rohloff
Jeff Smith
Gary Steinborn
Joni Takeshita
Alison Wright

The event will take place in the new Helms Design Center, on the Washington Boulevard side of the historic Helms Bakery complex. 8745 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
Free parking at the Metro Station and in the Venice lot at the Helms Bakery.

There will be drinks and light snacks available and rockin’ live music from Par Avion. (our favorite surf band!)

Please invite your friends and share this event on social media. We look forward to this artistic collaboration and hope to see you all there!

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underwater gallery…


A digital rendering of Doug Aitken’s “pavilions,” geometric structures that are to be suspended underwater in a kelp-rich marine preserve off the town of Avalon on Catalina Island, in California.CreditDigital rendering by Doug Aitken Workshop/Parley for the Oceans/MOCA; Image by Conner MacPhee

Read the NY Times story here!

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