the mighty mullet…

Mullet are mysterious fish. This time of the year they can be found in river mouths or local estuaries. They school up in large numbers, jumping and forming circular schools that feed under garbage cover size mats of decaying algae. They can also be seen flashing along the bottom which indicates a feeding pattern. I recently entered their world by observing them for few days before actually targeting them with a fly rod. I read all the stuff on the internet about fly patterns and techniques. Over the years, I have a handful of friends that have caught them on flies using small white clousers and pheasant tail nymphs.
I am NO expert on mullet, but I love challenges and am willing to go to school because I think they are really neat fish. So, I fished three days last week for about two hours each day trying to get a new tick on the fly-caught list! Here’s my observations. Most importantly you need to find them! Day 1: I used a 7 weight rod, floating line and 8# flouro tippet. Fished a red worm and peacock scud patterns. No Love. Felt my casts might have landed too aggressively while swinging flies in 3-4 foot of shallow water, maybe a lighter approach. Day 2: Went to a six weight and six pound flouro tippet. Note to self: five weight might even be a better choice. Used a peacock scud, and my white duck shit fly. Got three eats, two on white, one on peacock scud, all broke off by snapping off my fly on aggressive takes, blowing up the surface and spitting flies. Felt good even though didn’t catch one, I introduced myself and made a connection. LOL Tippet was too light, or poor angling skills. Day 3: Stayed with six weight rod, went to Tatsu 10# flouro, (diameter of six, strong, I use this line for corbina) Technique was drifting the fly to the fish and watching line for ticks. Stayed with the white duck shit fly, and on third cast, connected and landed my first, fair-caught mullet. Was stoked. Got two more eats after but hooks pulled out, you need to strip set firmly to bury the hook (maybe barbless is better) in their tough little mouths. Mission accomplished! Still on this wacky journey, but at least now I know it can be done, going to try the green meanie next, stay tuned… -Al Q

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The redear sunfish…i stand corrected.

I was off base when I referred to these fish as big bluegills or gillzillas, until my friend Greg enlightened me. They actually are Redear sunfish and will readily take a small balanced leech style fly under an indicator. Here’s the difference. Redear sunfish have a more gold and green coloration with faint vertical bars, while bluegills have more yellow or orange coloration. The main difference between the two is their operculum colors. The bluegill features a deep blue or black color while the redear sunfish has red or orange tips near its head. I learn new stuff every day on the water… – Al Q

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the summer wind, came rolling in….

How about a portable wind turbine for your next camping trip… Read More!

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Lefty Statue coming….

It’s been four years since my pal, Lefty Kreh passed away due to a weak heart. He was truly larger than life, a real legend of the sport of flyfishing. The group known as the Friends of Lefty Kreh (FOLK) spearheaded by Andy Mekelburg, president of the Potomac Valley Fly Fishers are planning to erect a life size statue with the slogan, “Everyone knows Lefty” Read Story Here!

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Fly/Fishing Garage Sale this Saturday, El Segundo

A few of the guys are pooling up their used and some new fly & fishing tackle for sale. good sales and deals, this Saturday, south south of LAX.

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charity permit tournament…6 spots left?

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The El Palometero is a 501(c)(3) fly fishing tournament in Ascension Bay. It’s hosted by The Punta Allen Fishing Club, The Grand Slam Lodge, and Tail Fly Fishing Magazine to benefit the school in Punta Allen. You will target tarpon, bonefish, snook, and the elusive permit in the place that boasts more super slams than anywhere else in the world. Only 20 rods available – register today.You will be joined by:Chico FernandezTim BorskiEnrico PuglisiAlberto ChoppiniJoseph BallariniTrey Reid& El Palometero
It benefits the schools and children of Punta Allen.It is a 501(c)(3) tax is the right thing to do to support a fishing community very much in need of an upgrade.The goodie bags are RIDICULOUS!Help us improve the schools for this and the next generation.All while fishing with Chico Fernandez, Enrico Puglisi, Tim Borski, Alberto Choppini, Joseph Ballarini and Trey Reid.What an opportunity!
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catch upon your history…

As your West Coast ambassador to The American Museum of Flyfishing located in Manchester Vermont. It’s my obligation to bring you guys as much fun content on flyfishing history. Please click here to give a listen to the Wet Fly Swing podcast on some of our great history of flyfishing with the AMOF museum curator Jim Schottenham: CLICK HERE

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the new trout unlimited magazine cover

I was honored when my friend and editor of TU, Kirk Deeter asked me to do a trout illustration for the cover of their national magazine. Check out the behind the scenes conversation below…
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Mighty Waters…

Ansil Saunders has held the bonefishing world record since 1971. This year, he will be inducted

into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame and @coldcollaborative is excited to share his story through

the film “Mighty Waters”. A man even more graceful and powerful than his back cast, Ansil

Saunders led the Bahamas out of colonization alongside Martin Luther King’s march for the

United States. Sponsored by // @simmsfishing @costasunglasses @flyfishmuseum

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fly of the week…the Q worm fly

Never underestimate the power of the worm fly. Here are two simple examples of a weighted and non weighted version of the Q Worm Fly tied by Al Quattrocchi. These flies can imitate fresh or saltwater worms, eels or leeches. The back portions are tied on mono and added to the bend of the hook shank. This extension allows the rabbit tails not to foul.
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