I will continue to be a student of fly fishing, trying to learn something new everyday I am on the water. This blog is basically a place for my passion, ideas, inspiration, and photography, all geared mostly towards the endless hours spent fly fishing beaches, inshore and exciting destinations around the world. Let keep it real, it’s fishing, it’s should be fun, let’s try not to take it too seriously…and remember every day on the water is a blessing!”
Al Quattrocchi (aka Qman) was born and raised in Brooklyn where he developed his love for saltwater fishing early in his childhood while living in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Sheepshead Bay once hosted the largest commercial sport fishing fleet operating on the eastern coast of the U.S. As a teenager, Al spent his formative saltwater fishing years on party boats, piers, bridges, beaches and jetties around Sheepshead Bay, Breezy Point, Rockaway and Jamaica Bay chasing the local species of striped bass, bluefish, weakfish and fluke.
After moving to California in the late seventies to attend LMU, he was inspired to switch to the fly rod and begin fly fishing the surf after years of reading articles written by his east coast fly fishing luminaries; Joe Brooks, Lefty Kreh, Frank Woolner, Nick Curcione, Bob Popovics and Lou Tabory.
Al’s articles and fly patterns have been published in Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, Fly Tier, CA Fly Fisher and Saltwater Fly Fishing magazines. Al lectures and presents to many fly fishing clubs and fly shops in Southern California. He hopes to bring more younger people into the sport of saltwater fly fishing through fun events & seminars in Southern California. Al founded the One Surf Fly which lasted nine seasons and supported many fine non-profit organizations. He popularized the Double Haul Ball, which was an educational, collaborative effort put forth by many fly fishing friends and FFF certified casters. It was held at the Long Beach Casting Club once a year. It was a full day of seminars, casting instruction and fly tying, created to help anglers bridge the gap between fresh and saltwater fly fishing. Al was recently awarded the Ross Allen Marigold Complete Angler Award by the historic Pasadena Fly Casting Club. He continues to host events for non-profits supporting the fly fishing industry with the LA film premiere of Finding Joe Brooks held at the Patagonia store in Santa Monica.
Al Q and friend Conway Bowman (Fly fishing Around the World – celebrity host) popularized San Diego’s first catch & release, carp event entitled the Carp Throwdown held at beautiful Lake Henshaw each Spring. This is mainly a sight-fishing tournament for carp and has been widely recognized across the country. The tournament is timed around the famous hopper hatch so participants can experience their hand at dry fly sight-fishing for cruising carp.
Al is also on the pro tying staff for Hatch Outdoors, Tuffleye and Enrico Puglisi. The Q’s Beach Bug was one of the top selling surf flies in Umpqua’s Surf Fly Series As an avid fly angler, fly tier, artist and photographer he continues to draw inspiration from the sea hoping to grow the sport of fly fishing the surf, one person at a time.
Al resides in Westchester, CA with his wife Janet and daughter Quinn. He is a creative director/partner at his agency, Tornado Creative which is located in the historic Helms Bakery in Culver City, CA.
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