Atlanta Fly Fishing Club Mentor Program

The Atlanta Fly Fishing Club Mentoring Program was started by JD Forrester, a long time member of the club with the purpose of introducing new members to veteran members while also providing fly fishing expertise on local rivers like the Chattahoochee River. Our club is all about education and camaraderie and each of these new members are paired with a mentor that they can reach out to for advice in the future.

Members of the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club got together March 2nd at Paces Mill along the Chattahoochee River for a mentoring day.   Even though the weather was cold and cloudy with snow flurries we had an excellent turn out for our Mentor Day on the Hooch. Thanks to JD Forrester for organizing a great day.

AFFC Mentor Day - The Crew!

Members of the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club taken while at a February 2013 mentoring day. The club runs educational events for new members of the club to introduce them to new members while also providing fly fishing expertise on local rives like the Chattahoochee River

Following is his account:

“We were greeted with cold temps and spitting snow, but that did not keep the intrepid AFFC mentors and mentees from meeting. I think the session was a success with many things being learned and even some fish were caught.

AFFC Mentor Day

Jim and Linda Harrington in perfect camouflage gear. Who is the guy in the white hat?

I want to thank John Jenkins, Jimbo Jim McKean, Steve Miller, Jim Harrington, Linda Harrington, Ken Louko, David Nixon, Tom Shillock, Holly Shikano, and Terry Shikano for being great mentees. A special thanks to Dwight Thomas, Eric Davies, Ed Chamberlain, Milton Sams, Tyson Reed, Mike Williams and Bob Hansell for being great mentors!”

JD Forrester

AFFC Mentor Day

AFFC Mentor Day

Steven Miller watching Eric Davies.

AFFC Mentor Day

AFFC Mentor Day

AFFC Mentor Day

Jimbo Jim McKean rigging up as Tyson “Muley” Reed looks on.

AFFC Mentor Day

Uncle Miltie Sams (mentor?) being taught spey casting by Ken Louko.

AFFC Mentor Day

Ed Chamberlain working on casting with Holly Shikano, and Linda and Jim Harrington.

Frying Pan

AFFC Members

September is prime dry fly time on the Frying Pan River but the fishing is great year around.

Frying Pan River

For those of you who could not come to the last meeting to see Cameron Cipponeri‘s presentation, below will give you a basic idea of cost as well as a link to the presentation.

  • Air fare to Denver is about $200 and depending on the number going will dictate rental car/van cost.
  • The Taylor Creek Cabins have a mile of private water with another mile of public water that is seldom fished.

I have fished the “Pan” for twelve years, September is dry fly time. The average fish is 16″ but much larger Trout lurk through the river.

You can get up early and the two miles of river at Taylor Creek Cabins is yours to fish free then do your guide trip the remainder of the day.

This a large Power Point file. Click on this link, GWFF Share Page, look down to New Folder, then frying pan then right to download. Depending on your internet may take ten or more minutes.  The presentation is available now for viewing at this link Frying Pan Club Presentation


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Rob Stroupe

Holcomb Bridge Report

I was very pleasantly surprised at the turn out for the AFFC club trip from Jones Bridge to Holcomb Bridge this Saturday. I wish the fishing had been as good as the participation. The club generally has a local club trip the weekend following club meetings. The purpose of these trips are to help introduce new members to other club members.

Eric, Dwight, Mark, Ed, Korey, and Greg waded. From what I heard the best catching from a wader was around 5 and it went down to 2 or 3. Pretty tough fishing. But we did have some significant events. Eric did really well after his hip replacement-a bit sore, but hung in there and the future is bright. And speaking of a bright fly fishing future, Korey got his first trout on a fly rod-way to go Korey!

Phil, Ron, Milton, Mike, Steve, and JD floated and the catching was not much better. The most we got was around 10 and it went down to 5 or 6. Again tough fishing. But I think everybody had a great time and it was good to be out on the water.
Join us next time for an AFFC trip.

This is Korey’s first Trout



South Andros Club Trip Report


This pictures are from a trip to South Andros in the Bahamas last week with Louis Cahill and Kent Klewein.  I met Louis at the Atlanta Fly fishing club meeting last summer and shortly after signed up for the trip. I am so happy that I did.

Despite some wind the fishing was great but what made the trip one of the best I have ever had was the information that I received. Each evening they walked us in detail through topics like advanced casting techniques, bonefishing 101, tying bonefish flies and photography.

The South Andros Lodge had great guides and was hosted by a friendly and helpful staff.

Thank you,
Scott R. MacKenzie


The right flies for fishing the Provo River in Winter

As many of you know, I enjoy fishing the Provo River, especially in the winter. For this trip, I asked Michael Orr to tie a number of flies for me as I was short the typical fly patterns for winter fishing.

This is a great time of year to be fishing western streams as the crowds are much lower and you catch large fish with the only downside being a little cold weather.  There are some amazing midge hatches this time of year which I’ve experienced in the past as being fantastic in the middle of snow flurries.  Your best bet during winter fishing on the Provo river is to fish size 20-24 adults and emergers with a light rod.  Fish feed on adult midges in the afternoon hours and so its not unusual in March to have so many Buffalo midges on the surface that the trout can’t find your fly.  Sparse midge, baetis, and sow bug nymph patterns have been taking some great fish throughout the entire river, as well as soft hackles. Streamer fishing has been productive during the low light hour, early mornings on both the Weber and Provo rivers.

Flows in March are at about 150 cfs out of Jordanelle Reservoir Dam which should continue at this low flow until spring. Wading the river at this flow is very easy; accessing both sides of the river is a breeze! The Middle Provo fishes very much like a spring creek at these flows, which can make for some technical and highly rewarding fishing. Using Flourocarbon leaders and tippet in 5X or even 6X makes a huge difference when nymphing. I suggest fishing small dry flies on a 9-12′ leader with 6X or 7X Supple-Flex tippet.

Now this is where Michael Orr comes in.  I asked Michael to put a box of both adult and emerging midges and baetis flies together for me.  I contacted one of my guide friends out west who gave me a list of local patterns. Many of you may see Michael off in the corner at our club meetings selling flies, but I would like to encourage you to use him for outfitting a box of flies for any of your trips this summer.  The quality of his flies are amazing.  You can reach Michael at
Michael Orr Flies

See this month’s  photo album for more pictures.  These flies were tied by Michael Orr.

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Box of midges

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