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 Al Q) has been a saltwater fly angler, fly tier and fly fishing advocate for over thirty five years. He is a passionate educator and environmentalist who has created fun fly fishing events along the coast of California to introduce new anglers to the exciting and challenging world of saltwater flyfishing. His personal mentors include Neal Taylor, Lefty Kreh, Nick Curcione and
Al is a two-time, IGFA world record holder. Both of his saltwater records were accomplished in a single day with a 12 pound tippet record for Calico bass and twenty pound tippet record for White Seabass. He was recently awarded the Ross Allen Merigold Complete Angler Award by the historic Pasadena Fly Casting Club. Past recipients include Gary Borger. His articles, illustrations, photography and fly patterns have been published in many prominent fly fishing magazines across the country. Al is a licensed and bonded fly fishing surf guide that prefers teaching techniques over guiding.
Al originally founded the popular One Surf Fly event in Southern California which lasted nine seasons and raised thousands of dollars for non-profits and fly shops up and down the West Coast. Al and Conway Bowman teamed up to co-host the Carp Throw Down at Lake Henshaw in San Diego. This was the first, fly only, catch and release carp event in Southern California that supported many non-profit organizations with an annual raffle. Al and master FFF MCI instructor, Jim Solomon, teach fly casting techniques to many anglers traveling around the world with their self-designed program entitled The FlyZone. One of Al’s most favorite fly fishing students is Jimmy Kimmel.
Al is currently the West Coast regional editor of Tail Magazine. Tail is a bi-monthy publication and the premiere saltwater flyfishing magazine in the country. Al is also the Los Angeles Ambassador to the American Museum of Flyfishing. Although Al has fished in many places around the world, his passion is still sight-fishing the local Southern California beaches in search of the ghost of the surf, the elusive corbina. He has recently self-published his first fly fishing book entitled, The Corbina Diaries which was published in 2021 by Love2FlyFish Media.
Al resides in Los Angeles, 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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Conway Bowman & Al Qs’: www.carpthrowdown.com
Casting instruction: theflyzone
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