“Al, I appreciate you! I was hooked after getting my hands on “The Corbina Diaries”. I caught my first corbina on the fly. Thank you for sharing your passion.” – Sam Triantis
PS: Hats off to Kesley and Scott for taking a group of fly anglers out to the surf in good conditions to show them the corbina game. Take note that Sam’s fish was fair-hooked, (in the mouth) there are many fish showing up on instagram these days that are foul-hooked (me and the Corbina Patrol never take a grin and grip shot of a fouled fish, the fish has to eat the fly! That’s the challenge. ), it easy to foul a fish when they stack up in pods. Believe me, we all foul em, you can’t help it when you’re sight casting to groups. It’s a let down for me when that happens, not a celebration. This is a great accomplishment by Sam. His first fair-caught bean in the surf, it doesn’t get better than that. WTG dude! You have become an honorary member of the Corbina Patrol. – Al Q
The concept of abandoned and derelict crab and lobster traps – called Ghost Traps – and their impact on the aquatic environment is a topic that oceanaid360.org is addressing in a big way.
My friend Brian O’Keefe / Eleven Angling is directly involved with this organization. Below you will find some more important info if you wish to fight the good fight…Let’s all chip in to help keep our oceans clean for the next generation of anglers and our future.
A beautiful and moving tribute to the last of a great generation of guides, Frank Kuiack. For 76 years, he made a living as a fishing guide in the iconic Canadian Algonquin Park’s as it’s last fishing guide. Enjoy!
If any of you guys didn’t get a chance to see this , here’s a recap of The American Museum of Flyfishing’s tribute to Paul Bruun. Paul is this year’s Izaak Walton Award winner. I have been honored to know Paul over the years, he’s an encyclopedia of fly fishing history and knowledge, a great writer and a wonderful mentor to so many including myself. The panel to tribute Paul is epic, hope you enjoy!
Mullet are mysterious fish. This time of the year they can be found in river mouths or local estuaries. They school up in large numbers, jumping and forming circular schools that feed under garbage cover size mats of decaying algae. They can also be seen flashing along the bottom which indicates a feeding pattern. I recently entered their world by observing them for few days before actually targeting them with a fly rod. I read all the stuff on the internet about fly patterns and techniques. Over the years, I have a handful of friends that have caught them on flies using small white clousers and pheasant tail nymphs. I am NO expert on mullet, but I love challenges and am willing to go to school because I think they are really neat fish. So, I fished three days last week for about two hours each day trying to get a new tick on the fly-caught list! Here’s my observations. Most importantly you need to find them! Day 1: I used a 7 weight rod, floating line and 8# flouro tippet. Fished a red worm and peacock scud patterns. No Love. Felt my casts might have landed too aggressively while swinging flies in 3-4 foot of shallow water, maybe a lighter approach. Day 2: Went to a six weight and six pound flouro tippet. Note to self: five weight might even be a better choice. Used a peacock scud, and my white duck shit fly. Got three eats, two on white, one on peacock scud, all broke off by snapping off my fly on aggressive takes, blowing up the surface and spitting flies. Felt good even though didn’t catch one, I introduced myself and made a connection. LOL Tippet was too light, or poor angling skills. Day 3: Stayed with six weight rod, went to Tatsu 10# flouro, (diameter of six, strong, I use this line for corbina) Technique was drifting the fly to the fish and watching line for ticks. Stayed with the white duck shit fly, and on third cast, connected and landed my first, fair-caught mullet. Was stoked. Got two more eats after but hooks pulled out, you need to strip set firmly to bury the hook (maybe barbless is better) in their tough little mouths. Mission accomplished! Still on this wacky journey, but at least now I know it can be done, going to try the green meanie next, stay tuned… -Al Q
I was off base when I referred to these fish as big bluegills or gillzillas, until my friend Greg enlightened me. They actually are Redear sunfish and will readily take a small balanced leech style fly under an indicator. Here’s the difference. Redear sunfish have a more gold and green coloration with faint vertical bars, while bluegills have more yellow or orange coloration. The main difference between the two is their operculum colors. The bluegill features a deep blue or black color while the redear sunfish has red or orange tips near its head. I learn new stuff every day on the water… – Al Q
It’s been four years since my pal, Lefty Kreh passed away due to a weak heart. He was truly larger than life, a real legend of the sport of flyfishing. The group known as the Friends of Lefty Kreh (FOLK) spearheaded by Andy Mekelburg, president of the Potomac Valley Fly Fishers are planning to erect a life size statue with the slogan, “Everyone knows Lefty” Read Story Here!