Al Q's musings on saltwater fly fishing and other related topics…
My buddy, Mike Ward has the coolest stuff and every time he shows me something he just bought off eBay for a fishing trip or something he just ran across in his travels, fishing related or otherwise, I say, “Mike you have the coolest sh#t!” This section of my blog is dedicated to Mike and cool sh#t!
here’s a cool portable charger for the road trip. its water-proof, shock-proof and dirt proof. Great for the boat. It has a USB charger and works with smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, and headphones.
Here’s a qualifier for Cool Sh#t!, these new plastic laces from Hickies. Great for on the boat, they will NOT catch a fly line and make ordinary shoes like hiking shoes with rubber soles into slippers, easy to take on or off!
my new favorite water proof watch by nixon, a local favorite of our surfing community in california, even shows ya when the tide is high or low. The nixon base pro watch retails for $125. i dig it, comes in lots of fun colors. definitely cool shit!
my light, a great small, adaptable book light for fly tying. It has three settings, and takes three AAA batteries, great for on the road. photos by al quattrocchi
great portable product to keep in the car for a quick wash down.
I just got a nine weight, “ONE” and I have to say that Jerry Siem is an amazing rod designer. This rod is easy to cast, lightweight and delivers the fly to the target with precision. I used mine up in the Delta last November, throwing poppers and top water flies and really enjoyed fishing this rod. Now we need to convince him to make an eleven weight for tarpon! LOL
Here’s a neat way to eliminate putting your expensive cell phone in a double plastic bag every time you go surf fishing. Check out the water-proof soft cases from aquapac. I got one an really dig it, you wear it around yoour neck, dial easily, hear well and it works great at night if you use the iphone flashlight when fishing in the dark.
Photojojo: the coolest photo stuff on the planet! Love this site! I just got some of these lens for my wife’s iphone. I will be playing around with the fisheye for sure!
FishHead App! This is one of my go-to apps on my iphone for tides, water temps, swell, moon phases, wave intervals and much more! FishHead was developed by two of my friends John Sherman and Chris Cooney, both avid fly fisherman. It is especially great on rivers for flows and tides.
redington products offer some really nice quality equipment at affordable price points. Next time you get the chance pick up a predator fly rod and give it a cast, you will be pleasantly surprised how nice they feel and how easy they can throw a shooting head.
this is an oldie but goodie…the bible for saltwater fly patterns, learning to tie Bob’s patterns will open your mind and take your fly tying to a entire new level. A must for beginners and novices…