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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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somerset flyfishing show…

What a great time me and my flyfishing/fly tying friend, Peter Koga had tying flies at the Somerset Flyfishing show this past weekend. I worked the show tying for Tuffleye and helping out in booth with owners, Ashley and her dad, Ned Lunt. Jason Taylor, Peter Koga, and the master, Bob Popovics all dropped in and tied flies at our booth during the three day event.

For me, originally from Brooklyn, it always feels like a high school reunion when I come back east to the Somerset show in particular. Having the opportunity to see so many talented east coast friends in one place, always blows me away. This show in my opinion is the best of the best. I am always humbled by so many great fly tiers there, too many to name and I always come away inspired, like a kid in a candy store. It’s a great place to shop for prime fly tying materials as well. Chuck and Ben Furimsky do a nice job organizing this event. I hear next year it will not be in Somerset, there will be a new location to be announced.

This year’s show was well attended with packed aisles, we even had a cameo appearance by Donald Jr. and his secret service as they strolled down each aisle chatting with all the vendors and fly fisherman. Highlights of the show for me was sitting with Bob Pop and just watching him tie and dinner with old friends Lily Renzetti, Ned Lunt, Ashley Armbruster, Peter Koga and hearing Bob Clouser tell us some of the most hilarious fishing stories, I haven’t laughed or cried that hard in a while.

If any of you have not tried the Tuffleye brand of products and have any questions, please forward them to me and I will do my best to help answer you. Tuffleye in my opinion is the best light cured acrylic on the market using non UV, visible blue light. Its a safe product that has been used in the dental profession for over sixty years. Bob Popovics turned me on to this when it first hit the market and I haven’t used drop of epoxy since. Visit the Wet-A-Hook technologies website here!

Check out this cool VIDEO by my friend Capt. Ray Stachelek

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Al Q and Howler Bros / Costa Sunglasses poster child, Oliver White.

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My man man and fly tying mentor, Bob Popovics.

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Long line, Mark Sedotti, Al Q and the greatest tournament caster of all time, Steve Rajeff at the G Loomis booth.

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Squid fly tied by Al Q with a Tuffleye/Popovics squid foil using flex, a soft flexible cured acrylic

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Bob Popovics and Ned Lunt of Tuffleye

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Old friend, John McMurray of One More Cast, popped by to say hello! John got fifty stitches in his lip from a surfing accident but it didn’t affect his smile. LOL

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These two young fellas just needed a hug. Nothing I can say that can reflect how much admiration I have for these two guys…

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Peter Laurelli, one of my favorite fly fishing film makers. Check out Peter in the new “Running the Coast ” video by Jamie Howard.

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Jonny King, one of the best fly tyers on the planet. Always good to check-in and hang with Jonny…

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Two of the finest people and fly tiers, Jason Taylor and David Nelson hanging at the Tuffleye booth.

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After dinner, group shot in the hotel lobby. Scott Stryker and Lily Renzetti far left. Scott is one hell of a fly tyer…

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Pat Cohen at his booth. Pat is one talented dude. It was fun hanging with him this year.

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Bob Popovics demonstrating a flex candy in th e Tuffleye booth.

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Bob Popovics tying the Beast! Worth the price of admission for sure!

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Bob Popovics tying the Beast! Worth the price of admission for sure!

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Ashley Armbruster, my buddy and the Queen of Tuffleye.

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