the jackarandas are blooming…

A nice corbina landed by John Whitaker. photo by John Whitaker.

Jim Solomon with a surf slam of corbina, yellowfin croaker and surf perch. photos by Jim Solomon

Al Q with three beans all landed on the holy moley crab fly.

I always say, When those purple jackarandas start to bloom, the corbina are staging to feed in shallow water.

Me and the boys hit the beach early Sunday morning after hearing about a good yellowfin croaker bite. We were all spread out down the beach of sight, connected only by cell phones. When I got down to the beach in the early morning light I stopped to observe the pattern of the waves and look for structure. To my surprise the Corbina were feeding in the shallow water right at our feet in multiples, sliding and tailing. It was weird because the water temps on my app were showing cooler water, they shouldn’t have been doing this but the water was warm. I told my buddy, dude, change flies, put on a sand crab fly, stay way back and cast, the beans are working. It felt like the middle of the summer, only there was no one fishing, the beach was empty, it was cold with the early June gloom, and no sun. But nobody told the fish. It was a very cool and welcome early season start to the Corbina patrol…The water temps today showed 67 degrees, which totally makes sense! I personally like 68 but what do I know? It’s officially summer bean time, its on!

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happy 80th birthday igfa

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it was a great run…

photo by elena revelez

This year’s CTD was really awesome and thanks to all that made the pilgrimage to Lake Henshaw but all good things someday must come to an end! Me and Conway had a heart to heart conversation and we are both on the same page, it’s time to go out on a positive event! Thanks to everyone that helped make this event possible, our friends, all the fly fisherman and partners. We will be taking a break with no plans for any future CTDs on the horizon, but you never know? We could bring it back for a CTD reunion someday. LOL Me and my bud, Conway had a great run of nine years. We made lots of new friends, raised lots of money for notable non-profits and enjoyed watching all the kids grow up at the Throwdown. Nothing but fond memories. There will be new adventures and fun events for us ahead, so stay tuned…life ain’t nothing but a party…carp on, good people!

-Al Q

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count down to the throwdown…


We are very proud to have, off the hook (pun intended!) trophies this year for our 9th annual Carp Throwdown at Lake Henshaw, San Diego, which will take place on Saturday, June 1st at 7am!

If you come up on Friday night we usually have some live music and a potluck barbecue
prior to the event & festivities on Saturday. It’s a lot of fun.

There will be a first/second place plaque awarded for wading, a first/second place for boat and one for biggest Trash fish. A trash fish could be anything from a Bluegill, Catfish to a Largemouth Bass. ( we are all carp people! LOL) Special thanks again to Dwight Hwang @fishingforgyotaku and to our good friend Rick Olsen from Olson Visual. Please support these folks they both make a difference in the quality of their excellent detail and workmanship.  See ya on the lake

-Al Q

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the life of a hook

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now or neverglades…

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We are Captains for Clean Water –

Special thanks to the following:
Capt. C.A. Richardson – Flats Class TV
Capt.George Gozdz – Reel Time with Florida Sportsman
Capt. Chris Wittman – Captains for Clean Water
Capt. Scott Walker – Into the Blue
Capt. Bear and Bannan Holeman – Key West Angling
Capt. David Mangum – Shallow Water Expeditions
Capt. Tom Rowland – Saltwater Experience
Capt. Daniel Andrews – Captains for Clean Water
Capt. Flip Pallot – Angling Legend
Capt. Ray Van Horn – The Gypsy Angler
Capt. Blair Wiggins – Addictive Fishing
Capt. Chris Fischer – OCEARCH
Capt. Greg Dini – Flywater Expeditions
Capt. Travis Holeman – Key West Angling
Capt. Robert “RT” Trosset – Spindrift Fishing, over 200 IGFA World Records
Capt. Ray Rosher – Miss Britt Charters
Capt. Steve Rodger – Into the Blue
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fly tying class at marriotts…


Thanks to all my fellow fly fishers that sacrificed a beautiful Saturday morning to learn to tie some productive surf fly patterns with me. We got through six patterns in four hours. We tied the Holy Moley, The Surf Worm, The Qs Bendup, The Deep Clouser, The Solly Clouser the Qs Beach Bug. I really appreciate you guys for being there and taking the journey with me, I often learn as much from you. I hopefully inspireD you all to be creative and not get hung up on exact recipes…if it looks fishy it most likely is fishy…. Also special thanks to Marriotts for hosting me and my bud, Graham Day for coordinating and taking beautiful photographs. See ya’ll soon…


this is why i do what i do!

Hey Al,
It’s Haissam, thanks for having us, the workshop was sick. Saturday night Ali tied two of the flies several times to have in stock and tied all 6 on Sunday.
Big thanks from both of us for class and the much much needed chill vibes…
Haissam (Ali’s dad!)


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carp throwdown is right around the corner…

photo by Elena Relevez


The last day to register online is May 25th!

Please visit the Carp Throwdown Website here for more info!  This years raffle will benefit Cast Hope San Diego! The raffle is really sweet!

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surfs up…

I think my tying class is sold out this weekend? I plan to have fun teaching some techniques, telling fish stories and tying a few of my favorite surf patterns with those that attend! See ya’ll at 8am this Saturday at Bob Marriotts in Fullerton.

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its that time…

Spring has sprung and so has our surf fly fishing season. April if you didn’t know, is halibut time. I have to admit our surf fishing has been extremely slow to date until yesterday. It was like the beach was a different place. We had a mixed bag of perch, yellowfin croaker and halibut. We saw a few corbina cruising too. All good signs. We had pelicans diving on bait balls and a bull seal cruising the waves, it was alive. Me and my surf fishing buddy, Jim Solomon worked a long stretch of beach picking away until we finally found them. The halibut were stacked up on the falling tide and we both ended up landing two a piece before the morning was over. I dumped two, one was a nice fat head shaker that came free by not staying tight. (user error, LOL) Well, Jimmy went back in this morning and took care of business by landing four more halibut with one really nice fat legal fish that he promptly got back in the water to live another day. Wish I could have joined in the fun? These fish should stay around so its a good time to dust off the fly gear, tie on a flash tail clouser minnow, get on good structure and chuck away. Remember to stay tight, no slack! LOL

tight lines

-Al Q

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