ask about flyfishing….wednesday, 11/16 at 6pm pst

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with a little help from our friends…

A baby sea turtle’s mad dash for the sea is perilous. A fake egg could make it safer.
Read the full article courtesy of Anthropocene

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patagonia store, santa monica event this thursday at 6:30pm

Hope to see some of my blog friends out at the Santa Monica Patagonia store this Thursday evening for a free screening of “Mighty Waters” with a special Q&A with director/executive producer of the film, Shannon Vandivier to follow. Plus a bonus panel of local friends / fly fishers willing to share their experiences and perspectives on how flyfishing enriched their lives and help make change in their communities. Also a raffle to help support The Mayfly Project. Special thanks to Patagonia Santa Monica and The American Museum of Flyfishing for this educational series. All good stuff people!

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montauk, boys of guardian summer

Well, I got back east a few weeks ago with a few of my good fishing buddies who had never experienced east coast surf/inshore fall fishing before. We headed to Mecca, “The Surf fishing Capital of the World”, Montauk, the eastern end of Long Island. Approximately 2.5 hours from Kennedy International airport due east. We didn’t exactly time it right, this is the problem with the fall fishery back east. In a perfect world you want a Nor’easter or Hurricane to hit about two weeks before you arrive. This turns the water over and gets all the baitfish excited, spilling them out into the ocean on outgoing tides to waiting predators that ball them up and start the big fall migration or blitzs. We were at the tail end of a big swell and the Florida hurricane was moving up the coast while we were there. We were about two weeks too early. The water was too warm, 75 degrees, in fact a week before we arrived they had bluefin tuna busting bunker schools about a hundred yards off the beach. They had come in and disappeared. I saw some iphone pics that were insane. Anyway, that’s fishing, timing is everything. I got to show the boys the sights, we ate great food and we hit it hard for two out of four days on boat for a few false albacore, a small bass and a few bluefish. The fishing was poor but the bait was everywhere and everything was ready to pop. You could see the potential. Not to say we all had a great time regardless of the poor fishing opportunities. It’s going off right now! I love this place and it still feels like home! It was great throwing top water plugs in the back bays like old times. Hope to be back again soon. -Al Q

Our Guides: Timmothy O’Rouke Mike Grande

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open waters…save the date

Me and Jason Scott will be hosting an event for The American Museum of Flyfishing at the Patagonia/Santa Monica store on Thursday evening, October 27th. We will be addressing the issue of diversity in our sport and showing an amazing film entitled “Mighty Waters” Please come out if you can. it should be a fun night with lots of cool people. – Al Q

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growing coral…

Scientists can now train coral to spawn on demand. Click Here! for full article from Anthropocene!

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the ghost whisperer fly recipe

I was recently asked by a viewer of the blog to post a recipe for the Ghost Whisper fly. I did an article many years ago for The Saltwater Flyfisherman and they had it published online. I guess the link was broken so I scrambled to piece together some of the original content. A newer version of this fly can be found in The Corbina Diaries with recipe, I guess my flies are always evolving as materials change and maybe just because I hate tying the same fly over and over again. LOL So here is the original way to tie it, you can substitute any of the materials materials to suit your needs. Have fun with it. -Al Q

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pic of the day!

First bean on the fly for Jeff, after going to Corbina 101 university with his buddy Jm Solomon (excellent coach), Jeff made a great cast to a group of four fish on top of a sand crab bed and got bent. WTG buddy, your an official member of the Corbina Patrol now with your first fair-caught Corbina on an oversized pink merkin.

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turning water into fuel…

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monster crabs = monster merkins

Well its been an interesting Corbina season in the Southbay this past summer. Weird wind patterns early in the season kept the water temps fluctuating, never settling in and the Corbina were very spooky and unpredictable. The past week we have seen more fish than the entire summer with water temps hovering around 70 degrees and holding steady. It’s like the season just started; very strange. My friend Elliott called me yesterday day and said hey Q lets go Corbina fishing. I unfortunately had some other plans this morning but I left him a few monster merkins on the front porch and pointed him in the right direction. I told him that if he didn’t pick up those flies I was going to use them the following day, LOL. The sand crabs this late in the season are very large and my old fishing buddy Jimmy has been on these big fish using large, oversized pink merkins. Needless to say I think Elliott hooked and bumped 10 fish this morning and faired one giant. WTG Elliott, that’s how to get it done buddy! You’ve become a new official member of the Corbina Patrol. So happy you connected. –Al Q

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