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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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Enrico Puglisi materials day…

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Save the date: I will be doing a FREE in-store demo at the Pasadena Orvis Fly Shop in a few weeks of some of my favorite local fly patterns using EP (Enrico Puglisi) fly tying materials and showing you how easy or complicated you can make fly tying. LOL Actually the materials are very easy to use once you learn the proper techniques and have the right tools to keep thing simple.

I will tie a modified Surfin Merkin/sand crab (corbina are right around the corner folks), a shad (freshwater bass), a squid (everything in saltwater eats squid, even me!), a anchovy/sardine (local inshore fav) and a bluegill (Large Mouth Bass).

It should be fun, I hope to see you there and hopefully some new faces too…

Cheers

-Al

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the blue floating crab…prototype, lol

Ok, this is a little crazy, but our guide in Louisiana just requested a floating crab the size of my hand. So I made a soft shell blue crab ready to fry and throw into a PoBoy. This is the prototype, the first one, and I am not quite there, but it floats really well, its a little heavy and casts about as aerodynamic as a tennis racquet. I tried casting it with an 11 weight and floating line and can throw it around forty feet without blowing out my arm, the emphasis on toss, not cast. LOL. I used clear silicone to hold this sucker together and I hand cut the legs and claws out of thin craft foam. I used markers to color the crab. Its pretty easy to make once you got all the pieces. I will give you guys a report on the performance of this floater once I get back from my trip next month, I really hope something eats it just for the hell of it.   -Al Q

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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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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!

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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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pints n flies…san pedro style

photo and design by James Dywer

photo and design by James Dywer

Yesterdays Pints N Flies was a little informal fly tying and beer drinking get together to help support our fly fishing buddy Shane’s son Devon’s educational fund. It was something we used to do in Santa Monica with all the local fly and conventional guys years ago. Yesterday’s was extra special and it took place at a really hip bar in downtown San Pedro called Godmothers. It was the classic setting; loud live music, world cup soccer on the big screen, beer flowing, salty San Pedro characters and the local fly guys tying flies and auctioning off great stuff to raise money for Shane’s kid, Devon. Special thanks to all the guys for coming out especially Paul, Tim and Randy who made long drives. There was  a lot of love in that room!  Thanks to James Dwyer who helped coordinate this event and location and took some real amazing photos that really capture the atmosphere. Click here to view Jame’s photos! We raised a little over one thousand for the educational fund! Please check the Shane Chung Memorial fund for updates… cheers

 

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