I got to speak with two of my good fly fishing friends last week, Alex Ramirez and Dave Schonzeit on their newly launched, Beer, Fly Fishing & Food podcast. It was fun to tell a few stories, have a few laughs and share some old memories together, take a listen!
From Brooklyn to Beach Bugs to Baja!
“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
photo by Al Quattrochi. This fish ate the fly right on the edge of a crab bed almost exposing his head on dry sand.
As we get deeper into the Corbina season we notice the fish are gorging themselves on sand crabs and they start to get picky. If you are fortunate to fish during the low tides during the late morning or early afternoon when the sun is higher and visibility at its optimum you will notice that the fish get really spooky. You can see them and they can see you! LOL This is the time to switch to a clear intermediate (Aqualux II, pictured below) or slow sink line (Type 3) mainly for low impact and stealth. When the fish get super spooky and are feeding right at the edges of the waves, you need to stay far back and drop down your gear to as light as you can throw for soft landings. This is the time to increase your leader length, and slow your heart rate! LOL