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don’t stop believing….hold on to that feeling

photos courtesy of Larry Acord

Me and my buddy Larry flew to Mexico to visit my old friend Jeff DeBrown (thereelbaja) out of Los Barriles, on the East Cape of Baja last week with the soul objective to try and land a Roosterfish off the beach on fly. With only three days to fish, it would be a challenge to say the least. Prior to setting out we went through the routine of casting and stripping the fly, over and over. Jeff didn’t want any “what ifs” or leave anything to chance, we would maybe get a few shots, so they had to count. The most important piece of this puzzle was to make sure our flies swam straight at high speed, we had good knots in our leaders, and we stripped out enough fly line in seconds to make accurate casts. These exercises would come into play and had to be executed at the highest level, for anything could go wrong in the heat of the pursuit.

So we set out on the first day, the three of us on a ATV, loaded with two fly rods and a positive attitude. Searching and hunting endless white sand beaches for any signs of life. The first two fish came early, down the line from left to right, my bad side of course, so i jump off the ATV running to get way ahead of them, my line all messed up, wrapped around my tip. Jeff yelling to slow down and breathe, I regroup and make a good shot just ahead of the fish and immediately start stripping the fly, NO LOVE, unaffected, I run ahead of them like a sprinter doing a hundred yard dash and throw again, strip, strip and NO LOVE, this continued two more times until they turned out into deeper water. Scratching my head and completely winded, I looked down in defeat, thinking this might have been my only shots. I reran the tapes in my head to try to understand why the fish didn’t turn on my fly and the only thing I could think of was I was using an intermediate line with a light fly and didn’t let the fly sink long enough for it to be in their feeding zone. It is weird and hard to perceive the depth of water, it looks shallower than you think. The water was fairly deep even though it was only a fifty foot shot. Ok, live and learn, do better next time dummy!

Back up on the ATV, we cruise mile upon mile of beach, when my buddy Larry says stop, and begins to run left with a rooster hugging the darker strip off water just off the beach. Jeff jumps off to assist him. I am sitting watching them when it dawns on me, grab you rod and walk the opposite direction, you never know? I look and see two nice fish coming right to left about a hundred yards away. They are happy and moving nice and slow, about forty feet off the beach over white sand. Ok, i will repeat the drill but this time I will sink out my fly. So i take off stripping line running left, Jeff looks back and sees me, He jumps up on the berm of the beach and yells at me to slow down and breathe. When I get in the perfect position to make the money shot, I throw a tight loop and let my fly sit. They approach, the larger fish on the outside and a smaller fish on the inside. When they got to around ten feet away from the fly, i bumped it and watched the attitudes of the fish, nothing, I bumped it again and the smaller fish saw the fly and came forward. I stripped as fast and steady as i could watching the smaller fish track and gain on the fly as it got to about ten feet from the waters edge, when all of a sudden the larger fish made up the time in a nano second and shouldered the smaller fish out of the way, inhaling my fly within two feet of the sand. Comb out of the water, this giant, with it’s belly on the sand turned and retreated, I hit him three times, driving the fly in the corner of his mouth and doing a Mexican tap dance as i cleared all my line onto the reel. Drag singing, it was game on!

With an instant loss of two hundred yards of backing, Jeff comes running up asking me how much backing do I have, I reply about three hundred yards, he says, That may not be enough? I fight this fish hard, using side angles, staying down and dirty, walking up and down to gain precious line. I had on straight forty pound so I knew I could pull and put the wood to this fish, making sure I never gave her any slack. Within thirty minutes I had my fly line and started to figure out how I was going to land her. I told my bud, Jeff that if he tailed this fish I was going to kiss him, she was tired and massive, glimmering in the torquoise water. I saw a small wave and decided to swing her around and use the wave to push her onto the steep sand, which worked to perfection. Jeff jumped in the water and grab his tail like Mike Tyson throwing an uppercut in the corner of the ring. We estimated this fish between 60 and 70 pounds, it took two of us to lift her out of the water. When it came time to release this fish I grabbed it by the tail and it kicked so hard it almost knocked me over, drenching me from head to toe, LOL. She swam away, healthy to fight another day. What an experience, I am blessed it all came together for me, Jeff and Larry. We all witnessed an unreal accomplishment, sight fishing and landing a super grande off the beach in Baja, a bucket list accomplishment and a memory I will never take for granted…  – Al Q

A fish of a lifetime! Photo courtesy of Larry Acord

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filling the fly box…

 

I had five awesome students this past Saturday at Bob Marriotts Fly Fishing store that were ready to conquer six classics flats patterns and we all did it! We got into a few fun techniques like making my original “Pinche Claws”, dubbing fly bodies with synthetics, and making mono eyes, DIY style with Tuffleye Core. I also demoed the classic hand whip finish and connecting your fly to your tippet with a non-slip mono loop! All in all, an info packed, four-hour intermediate class that was lots of fun for me to share. It was my first fly tying series class and there will be more. I hope some of you can get in on the next one. It will be more of an advanced master class with a limit of six fly tiers, we will announce some dates next year. I would like to do one on Popovic’s Big Bucktail streamers (Beast, Bucktail Deceiver, and Bulkhead Deceiver) and maybe one on Crustaceans (red crab, pinche crab and crayfish). I will try my best to up your game and show you many inside tying tricks, so don’t get shut out…happy holidays!
-Al Q

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flies for the flats….

I will be doing an intermediate/beginner fly tying class on some classic saltwater flats patterns that I have personally used with success. The class is on December 15th, right around the corner at Marriotts in Fullerton. (info below)
The class is limited to 6 tiers and unfortunately just sold out…

We will cover 6 classic flats patterns. A modified Enrico Puglisi/Crab, Squimp, McVay/Gotcha, Fernadez/Snapping Shrimp, Ververka/Mantis Shrimp And Nauheim/Crazy Charlie. Also time permitting, I will demo how I make my DIY silicone crab legs and mono eyes…it should be a fun session, I hope to see ya there.

Next year I will try to do two more advanced fly tying classes: one on big saltwater streamers and baits, may throw in the Beast!  …and one on warm water bass flies.
tight lines…   -Al

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Flats Fly selection tied by Al Quattrocchi.

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a nice note from a friend…

 

My friend Wade Yoshi, is in my humble opinion, one of the best permit fly fisherman on the planet, with well over 300 to hand. I am fortunate to be able to listen and take notes every chance I get when we talk about these crazy fish. I developed my “Pinche Crab” a few years ago based on Will Bauer’s original crab fly, which Will taught me to tie back in the nineties. I modified it, using my home-made sili claws. It makes me happy when an accomplished angler like Wade lets me know we are on the right track…

Hey Al Q,
Been having some bad luck, past few trips. LDR (an acronym for long distance release) 5 fish in both Oct and November. Then this trip, not many shots again, but had every permit see the fly, attack the fly but no hook ups. Today, first shot same thing. Second shot landed the permit, but hook was bent, and broke when we tried to fix it. My guide picked one of your flies, and next shot we landed this nice single. Then for my 4th shot of the day, I casted to a push, and landed a nice bonefish on your fly…. 

Wade

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EP day with Al Q…

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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.

Cheers

-Al Q

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come fly with me…

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Al Q working the beach. Photo by Jon Nakano.

I will be speaking tonight at the Long beach Fly Casting Club and doing a basic presentation on Surf Flyfishing the Beach, plus some shooting head casting techniques (The Tango), which can be used for fly fishing off a boat as well and I will be tying my “Qs Beach Bug” surf pattern. Hope to see ya tonight!

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Al Q with a bull redfish from a recent trip to Louisiana a few weeks ago. Photo by Al Quattrocchi.

Also I will be on “Lets Talk Hookup” Sunday morning on the Mighty 1090AM out of San Diego to talk shop with Pete Gray about Saltwater Flyfishing. Tune in if your up early from 7am to 9am.

-Al

 

 

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Qs thin lizzy…one of my go-tos

the original recipe….published in Fly Fishing in SaltWaters…this pattern was developed after my friend Zino told me about the large bonefish in Hawaii that were feeding on lizardfish. He needed a fly that would imitate them. I went to work on the vice and after talking back and forth, I came up with this pattern called the “the thin lizzy”  named after one of my favorite bands, LOL. It was intended to freeze on the flat once cast and let drop in the hopes the bonefish would discover the fly.

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here’s the thin lizzy in action, note the proper weighting system that allows this fly to do a head stand and remain motionless as long as theres’s not too much current …video by Zino Nakasuji.

 

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a nice Hawaiian bonefish landed on a Qs thin lizzy, photographed by my friend and fellow angler Zino Nakasuji

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weedless and beefed up version for calicos, redfish and other species…photo and tied by by al quattrocchi

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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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happy holidays everybody….

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