As some of you may already know I am honored to recently become the new west coast editor of tail magazine. Tail is the premiere saltwater fly fishing magazine published out of Florida. Tail is a bi-monthly magazine with 6 issues per year. The July/August issue is the first break out issue on the west coast that I had a hand in making happen. I was honored to ask some of my good friends and fishing buddies to contribute fun articles on some of the cool fly fishing opportunities we have going for us on our salty west coast. Please pick up a copy online or ask your local fly shop to start carrying it. I am always looking for good content so if you write, saltwater fly fish and have a good idea for a west coast article, please let me know? You know where to reach me…tight lines…
I will be safely signing books outside in the parking lot of the Fisherman’s Spot in Van Nuys this coming Saturday, December 12th between 11am and 1pm. Please bring your mask! Its a great opportunity to pick up a signed copy of the Corbina Diaries. My first self-published book on DIY beach sight casting. I will have some coasters and corbina patrol decals for sale as well. Hope to see some of my friends and fellow fly fishers out there. Happy Holidays!
Hey gang, I am very excited to announce this long-awaited book on sight fishing the beaches for corbina that I have threaten to write for over ten years is finally complete and on it’s way. The books should arrive here in the states sometime next month. We will start a PRESALE next week, right here on this website with some fun perks for purchasing an early copy. I didn’t do a large print run so try to get your first edition book early. I will sign all copies purchased from my website. There’s be a buzz about this project and the fly shops have already begun to order them. There will also be a SPECIAL EDITION set available only here and nowhere else that has fun perks and will be limited in quantities as well, so please stay tuned…
I got to speak with two of my good fly fishing friends last week, Alex Ramirez and Dave Schonzeit on their newly launched, Beer, Fly Fishing & Food podcast. It was fun to tell a few stories, have a few laughs and share some old memories together, take a listen!
“The Qs Betta-Bendback pattern is three flies in one, deceiver, bendback and hi-tie! it’s weedless, swims hook up when stripped fast and will stick em in the top lip, i would keep a few in your box, you never know when they will come in handy….photo by Al Q
copyright 2019 Artwork by Al Quattrocchi
Here’s a little sketch describing the process and thinking behind this pattern.
I will be doing a step by step soon, and a video showing this fly in action, so stay tuned… Al Q
photo by Al Quattrochi. This fish ate the fly right on the edge of a crab bed almost exposing his head on dry sand.
As we get deeper into the Corbina season we notice the fish are gorging themselves on sand crabs and they start to get picky. If you are fortunate to fish during the low tides during the late morning or early afternoon when the sun is higher and visibility at its optimum you will notice that the fish get really spooky. You can see them and they can see you! LOL This is the time to switch to a clear intermediate (Aqualux II, pictured below) or slow sink line (Type 3) mainly for low impact and stealth. When the fish get super spooky and are feeding right at the edges of the waves, you need to stay far back and drop down your gear to as light as you can throw for soft landings. This is the time to increase your leader length, and slow your heart rate! LOL