2020 Atlanta Fly Fishing Meetings

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Western Alaska Self-guided Fly Fishing Float Trips

Bob Wirtz grew up with a passion for fishing the small steams and ponds of his native Kansas.  In college, he was introduced to fly tying and fishing for trout by fellow entomology graduate students, with annual trips to streams in the Colorado Rockies.  Subsequent work in San Francisco gave him an opportunity to fish the Sierra Mountains and was an introduction to saltwater fly fishing in the SF Bay Area.  A move to Washington, DC permitted him to fish the historic limestone streams of Pennsylvania and in saltwater along the Atlantic coast.  An increased work load with a move to Atlanta diminished time for fishing.  However, an article in the Delta flight magazine rekindled a life-long dream of fishing in Alaska.  Bob contacted the lodge mentioned in the article and he and a friend scheduled a self-guided float trip on the Kanektok River.  He has been going back to western Alaska for over 12 years, completing two back-to-back floats last August.  Retirement permits more time to fish and he looks forward to exploring new waters with fellow AFFC members.

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, February 11, 2020

Frank Gordon giving a recap of the club Cuba trip and JD Forrester on Winter Midge Fishing.

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Beyond Catching – Everglades National Park Fly Fishing – Edward Tamson

Captain Edward Tamson has been a passionate angler and conservation advocate since his first backpacking and fly fishing trips into the California High Sierras more than 5 decades ago. After a successful career as a corporate consultant he followed his passion and became a Florida fly fishing guide who also enjoys  fishing throughout the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. In order to keep his own fly casting skills tuned up he competes in (ACA) Fly Casting National Tournaments (Silver & Bronze Medal Winner). He is FFI certified fly casting instructor and a U.S.A. Licensed Coast Guard Captain. In brief, he is an avid and inspiring fly fishing guide and coach. 

His presentation will describe the challenges & joys of fly fishing throughout the extensive backcountry of the Everglades National Park including vivid descriptions of the people, exotic wildlife, epic game fish  and the skills, equipment, flies and boats needed to have great fun.

Ed will provide us with his insights and answer all of our questions including: 

  1. What is this Beyond Catching fly fishing philosophy all about and will it help me catch more fish?
  2. What are the best times & methods for fly fishing in the Florida Everglades?
  3. What size and how easy are the Snook, Red Fish and Tarpon to catch & release?
  4. What can I specifically do to improve my fly fishing and casting skills? 
  5. What is this ACA fly casting tournament casting all about?

https://www.evergladesflyfishingguide.com/