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About ondafly

I have met some of the most amazing people through fly fishing. Paying forward all the knowledge and lessons I have acquired over my life is worth sharing. I continue to learn something new every day on the water. Fishing makes me happy and sharing it with good like-minded people is what it's all about. Life is short, smile each day, and have fun, hopefully near water.

Chaos Group podcast with Al Q

I met Chris this past year on the sand, corbina fly fishing and we instantly became friends having both worked in the movie industry. Chris is a very talented CGI developer that has worked on many fun projects such as Tron: Legacy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, iRobot and Maleficent to name a few. We chatted about film, design and fly fishing…hope you enjoy!


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cortland black friday…

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The Corbina Diaries book has finally arrived!

Finally some good news! The Corbina Diaries books arrived last Wednesday in San Pedro. I just got a call this morning that the books made it through customs and will be trucked to me by tomorrow afternoon. This means we will begin shipping on Friday of this week. All books will go out in the order they were received, so they will be on there way people. Thanks for all the support over the years, I hope you enjoy my first self published book as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Please feel free to leave any comments, good or bad. Have a safe and healthy holiday.

Al Q

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everyone in between…

This is a film everyone who loves the great outdoors and wild places should watch. We need to all feel we can make a difference by fighting for the things in life that are most important, together we CAN move mountains.

-Al Q

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in the old days…

What a great historic photograph! This photo was taken November 10, 1927 off a party boat out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn where I grew up as a child. I graduated Sheepshead Bay High school, where I first joined the Striped Bass fishing club, took marine biology and oceanography as electives and spent many days fishing the piers and party boats. It was a great place to grow up and eat fresh seafood.

Sheepshead Bay was once home to the largest commercial party boat fleet in the world and only a train ride south from the bustling populated borough of Manhattan. It was very common in the winter months to bottom fish and catch cod, pollack, blackfish, seabass and ling on a 1/2 day boat. The gentleman holding up the double is the “Bambino”, aka Babe Ruth and his fishing partner to his right is the Iron Horse, or great Yankee first basemen, Lou Gehrig who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. The Babe loved to fish as much as he loved to hit the long ball. How cool would it have been to run into these guys on a fishing trip. LOL

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round the campfire…

Check this out next week on EarthX TV

Round the Fire – Episode 6: Coastal Concerns – What are the Biggest Conservation Challenges for our Saltwater Fisheries?
Streaming on Live 1 – Duration: 30 min

Wednesday, November 4 | 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM CDT (1:30 PM – 2:00 PM EDT)
Program Overview: ‘Round the Fire focuses on important conservation and environmental issues from a fishing & hunting perspective. The show offers viewers a “sitting around the campfire” vibe, where there’s room for both important environmental/conservation topics and personal stories. Most hunters & anglers care deeply about the outdoors, while sportsmen and women are important allies in America’s ongoing efforts to protect its landscapes and waters.
Host(s): Kirk Deeter, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, Trout Media
Participant(s): Conway Bowman & Al Quattrocchi
*Program may start a few minutes before or after the scheduled air time. 
*Most programs will be made available on our “On Deman (View Full Event Description Here:

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holiday coasters anyone?

I just made some coasters for the holidays. check the store for more info…


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The Corbina Diaries! Pre-sale is live.

Click here to reserve copies of the book and receive a special Love2FlyFish vinyl decal with each pre-sale book as a thank you.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a special limited edition set that includes (1) signed book, (1) 8″ x 10″ color signed corbina photograph, (1) corbina patrol vinyl decal, (1) hand-tied Holy Moley fly by Al Q and a color step by step Holy Moley fly recipe. Supplies will be limited and will not be sold at retail. You can only get this Special Edition here.

The books should be here the middle of next month and will ship as soon as they arrive. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing, designing, illustrating, photographing and fishing over twenty years for these crazy fish up and down our California beaches. – Al Q

The conscious choice to fly fish, as opposed to other, often more productive methods, is generally made by way of entering a fraternity of fishers who choose to find places and ways to more closely approach the natural world…to challenge themselves and to employ methods more artful, than “catchfull.” Add sight fishing for a super elusive species, like corbina, to the mix, and you enter a realm known only to a few stalwarts…Al Quattrocchi has stepped up to the task of walking you through that world. You should join him; I certainly shall. – Flip Pallot

Little do beachgoers know the elusive corbina swims at their ankles, all the while keeping a sharp eye out for Al Q. This is the definitive book on saltwater sight fishing in Southern California. – Jimmy Kimmel

Fishing in saltwater poses many challenges as we all know, but when it comes to fishing in the surf for corbina the challenges are far greater. If there is an angler that could simplify these challenges, Al Q is the one. He has been fishing for corbina for many years with excellent results. – Enrico Puglisi

We all should feel fortunate that Al Q has shared his years of knowledge targeting these great West Coast game fish. Al Q is one of fly fishing giants! From his innovative fly designs to his straight forward narrative, this book is a must read for all fly anglers. Thanks Al Q, for making all of us better fly fishermen. – Capt. Conway Bowman

A triple threat. photo by Al Quattrocchi

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the osprey and the bean…

If you ever wondered why corbina are so skittish in shallow water, this will paint a better picture for you from the corbina’s perspective. Back in the day they had to worry about aerial assaults and land assaults from grizzly bears. This fear gene is seated in deep their DNA, so don’t feel bad the next time you wave your fly rod too close and one explodes 10 yards away from the sudden movement, it’s all part of this crazy game. Thanks to Mike Burke for sharing this fun video!

-Al Q

the osprey & the bean – video by mike burke
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best new watches for water sports…

Here’s some new watches to consider for fly fishing the surf, surfing or just being on the ocean? I personally have an old waterproof Nixon watch that I see the tide on everyday and it just makes me smile.

For article click here…

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