The redear sunfish…i stand corrected.

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

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the summer wind, came rolling in….

How about a portable wind turbine for your next camping trip… Read More!

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Lefty Statue coming….

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!

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Fly/Fishing Garage Sale this Saturday, El Segundo

A few of the guys are pooling up their used and some new fly & fishing tackle for sale. good sales and deals, this Saturday, south south of LAX.

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charity permit tournament…6 spots left?

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The El Palometero is a 501(c)(3) fly fishing tournament in Ascension Bay. It’s hosted by The Punta Allen Fishing Club, The Grand Slam Lodge, and Tail Fly Fishing Magazine to benefit the school in Punta Allen. You will target tarpon, bonefish, snook, and the elusive permit in the place that boasts more super slams than anywhere else in the world. Only 20 rods available – register today.You will be joined by:Chico FernandezTim BorskiEnrico PuglisiAlberto ChoppiniJoseph BallariniTrey Reid& El Palometero
It benefits the schools and children of Punta Allen.It is a 501(c)(3) tax is the right thing to do to support a fishing community very much in need of an upgrade.The goodie bags are RIDICULOUS!Help us improve the schools for this and the next generation.All while fishing with Chico Fernandez, Enrico Puglisi, Tim Borski, Alberto Choppini, Joseph Ballarini and Trey Reid.What an opportunity!
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catch upon your history…

As your West Coast ambassador to The American Museum of Flyfishing located in Manchester Vermont. It’s my obligation to bring you guys as much fun content on flyfishing history. Please click here to give a listen to the Wet Fly Swing podcast on some of our great history of flyfishing with the AMOF museum curator Jim Schottenham: CLICK HERE

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the new trout unlimited magazine cover

I was honored when my friend and editor of TU, Kirk Deeter asked me to do a trout illustration for the cover of their national magazine. Check out the behind the scenes conversation below…
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Mighty Waters…

Ansil Saunders has held the bonefishing world record since 1971. This year, he will be inducted

into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame and @coldcollaborative is excited to share his story through

the film “Mighty Waters”. A man even more graceful and powerful than his back cast, Ansil

Saunders led the Bahamas out of colonization alongside Martin Luther King’s march for the

United States. Sponsored by // @simmsfishing @costasunglasses @flyfishmuseum

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fly of the week…the Q worm fly

Never underestimate the power of the worm fly. Here are two simple examples of a weighted and non weighted version of the Q Worm Fly tied by Al Quattrocchi. These flies can imitate fresh or saltwater worms, eels or leeches. The back portions are tied on mono and added to the bend of the hook shank. This extension allows the rabbit tails not to foul.
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crooked island recap…

Last November between Delta and Omicron variants, LOL, me and some of the boys escaped out of the states to the southern most end of the Bahamas for a week of flats flyfishing. Our mission was to explore a place called Crooked Island, which has a population of around 250 people, remote was an understatement. I have written an article for tail magazine that should be coming out soon, so I will not go into too much detail except the fact that Crooked Island is a really cool, safe destination with lots of hospitality and pretty good fishing. We stayed at the Crooked / Acklins Trophy lodge. You can book through The Fly Shop in Redding. Ask for Eric. The lodge had great food, clean rooms and fine staff. Bring the bug spray if the mosquitos like you, it was the only negative of the trip. We caught lots of different exotic species. If it’s bonefish you seek this is paradise. There are permit and triggerfish to play with but they are wary and you must commit full days to get those perfect shots to count. I recommend if your heading to the Bahamas and want to get away from it all to keep this place on your radar. We are going back in 2023!

-Al Q

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