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Spring Fly Casting Clinic

Hi Everyone!
The Spring casting clinic will begin on Saturday, April 13.  I have them scheduled for Saturday this time since we have Mother’s Day and Easter coming up on Sunday.  You will need to bring your own rod.  I will have leaders if you need one.  Here are the details:
Location:  Garrard Landing Park, 8000 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA  30022
Time:  9:00 to 11:00
Dates:  April 13, April 20, April 27, and May 11
Here is an overview of each class!
April 13 – The 5 Essentials of Fly Casting.  We will go through the 5 Essentials and work on shorter casts and good power application.  I will talk some about loop control and the different types of loop shapes.  If you want to get a better understanding before the class go watch all 5 Essentials here:  
Essential 1 – Slack Line –
Essential 2 – Timing –
Essential 3 – Vary the Casting Arc –
Essential 4 – Power Applicaton –
Essential 5 – Straight Line Path –
April 20 – 35-40′ casts working more on good power application.  We will talk some about fly lines and explain the different tapers and why you would want to use them.
April 27 – Accuracy – This class will focus on accuracy and how to change trajectory to hit targets at different distances while maintaining good loop control.  This will be a good time for more advanced casters to join the clinic.  
May 11 – Double Haul – Introduction to the Double Haul.  This will be another good class for advanced casters to join in.  

I hope to see everyone back from the clinic that Bill did last year as well as some new faces!  If you’re already Intermediate to Advanced please feel free to come out to any of the classes.  
See you there!
Greg Stuart
AFFC Casting Director
FFI Certified Casting Instructor

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Jake will discuss possible warm-water fishing opportunities on the Chattahoochee River. This presentation will include some of the unique species and the story they tell, along with tactics and techniques to pursue them.


Jake Darling is a native to the north Georgia area, and first picked up a fly rod at the age of 5 years old. Fly fishing was always big deal in Jake’s family, and has always been a center point of his life. After following his dad and many of the Unicoi Outfitters team members around on many of the local streams, Jake pursued his dream of being in the fly fishing industry.

Jake began guiding for Unicoi Outfitters at a very young age, specializing in both wade and drift boat fishing for trout in local freestone streams and tailwaters across the northern portion of the state. After a few years of guiding full-time, Jake shifted to the retail side, where he is now the Manager of Unicoi Outfitters, and also continues to guide.

 Jake cut his teeth guiding for trout, but much of his guiding now is centered around the warm-water scene for shoal bass and striped bass in various rivers across north Georgia.  He loves catching these fish just as much as anyone, but one of Jake’s main goals is to bring awareness to the uniqueness and beauty to these resources, along with the story they tell. Jake is a member of the G3 Boats Field Staff, Scientific Anglers Pro Staff, an Orvis Endorsed Guide, and has also been featured in magazine publications and various television shows.

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Food and social start at 6 PM and speaker starts at 7 PM


It’s almost spring. Can the white bass be far behind? Every year about this time, fly fisher’s hearts beat a little faster as folks get ready for the annual white bass run. During the run, which traditionally peaks about the time the dogwoods bloom, large numbers of white bass make their way upstream from lakes into rivers and streams – and when they do, if you’re a fly fisher, you may think you’ve died and gone to heaven!

Steve Hudson, our speaker this month, will bring you up to speed on white bass so you too will be ready when the fish arrive. We will look at the when, where and how of fly fishing for springtime white bass. We’ll talk about the timing of the runs, the gear and flies you’ll need (including a couple of secret fly patterns!), on-the-water techniques, and several great places where you can try some white bass fishing on your own. This program will give you all the info and insights you need to get in on the fun and excitement. Believe it: A good day of white bass fishing can be a day that you never forget!


Steve Hudson, a writer, teacher and lifelong fly fisher, says he may have the best of all possible jobs – one that lets him share the excitement of the fly fishing with others. An award-winning journalist and illustrator, he has written extensively on fly fishing, fly tying, hiking and travel.

Steve is the author of  more than 30 fly fishing and fly tying books, including the acclaimed “101” series of introductory fly fishing and fly tying guides. His newest book, CHATTAHOOCHEE TROUT, is a 328-page guide that’s been called “the definitive work on fishing for trout in the Chattahoochee River.” This comprehensive volume covers all of the river’s trout water – from the headwaters where the river comes out of the ground near Brasstown Bald, thorugh the upper Hooch, and every bit of the upper and lower tailwater.

Scheduled for publication later this year are books on small-stream brook trout fishing in the southern Appalachians, a guide to fishing for shoal bass, and Volume II of Fly Tying Tools You Can Build.

Steve is also the creator of the TIE IT & TRY IT series of fly tying kits. Each kit includes a detailed 20- to 28-page book designed to teach you how to tie each pattern, along with materials to tie of plenty of flies too. Currently in the works are several exciting additions to the TIE IT & TRY IT series, including kits focusing on the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear, the Tellico Nymph, the Prince Nymph, and more.  In addition, a complete fly tying kit (including materials and tools) based on the book FLY TYING 101 should be out this spring.

Steve is also putting the finishing touches on FLY TYING FOR KIDS, a special kit (including materials and basic tools) designed to help young people discover the fun of fly tying.

When not busy writing, Steve enjoys teaching others about flyfishing, fly tying and the out-of-doors. He is a frequent speaker and teacher on hiking, fly fishing, fly tying, and outdoor recreation, having led seminars and workshops from Alaska to Florida.

He also enjoys music and does “a pretty good job” on the bass guitar. He is also director of handbell choirs at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, where he heads up a fly fishing-based fellowship program.

Steve has three grown children (and two grandkids, which he will talk about endlessly if given the slightest opportunity). He lives in Alpharetta, Ga., with his wife Ann, Zoe the cat, and Ellie the Miniature Schnauzer.

Steve can be reached at (770) 329-7642 or via email at


Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Meeting – Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Food and social start at 6 PM and speaker starts at 7 PM

“Fly Fishing for trout and stripers this winter across North Georgia” – Jeff Wright, Alpharetta Outdoors

Jeff Wright is the Fly Fishing Manager at Alpharetta Outdoors. Alpharetta Outdoors is unique among fly shops in that they give 100% of their net proceeds to charity.

Jeff will discuss the impact their donations have had on the communities they serve in addition to the Delayed Harvest and how best to hunt for trout and stripers this winter across North Georgia.


Upcoming Fly Fishing Talks (Always the Second Wednesday of the month at Manuel’s Tavern)

  • December – Special program: We have planed on a multi-speaker event. The 4 speakers are from the club. The focus is on club trips.
  • JanuaryGeorgia DNR
  • FebruaryChattooga Fly Shop
  • MarchSteve Hudson, will talk about white bass
  • April – Jake Darling of Unicoi Outfitters will talk about the upper Chattahoochee river in North Georgia


The Atlanta Fly Fishing Club is a member-supported,
non-profit club where members share knowledge and
experiences related to the sport of fly fishing.

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – September Meeting

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, September 12, 2018

“A Guide’s Guide to Fly Fishing in Atlanta” – Justin Powell, Orvis

Justin Powell on the cast


Justin Powell comes to the Orvis Atlanta store with over of 20 years of fly fishing experience, both fresh and salt water. Originally from Destin, Florida. Justin learned to fly fish in salt for redfish and speckled sea trout, but later found a deep passion for freshwater trout and Steelhead, and has fished in many of the countries premiere steelhead streams from the east’s beloved great lakes tributaries to the famed steelhead streams of the west.  Our members will also appreciate his experience in guided kayaking.

Justin prides himself on passing his love of the sport to others.  Check out this video from Chris Sheridan called “Stonefly,” which traces the fly-fishing path of North Carolina angler Justin Adam Powell.  Accompanied by beautiful cinematography, Powell explains how he came to fly fishing, what the sport means to him, and how it helps him to center his life.



Upcoming Fly Fishing Talks (Always the Second Wednesday of the month at Manuel’s Tavern)

  • October – Chris Scalley of River Through Atlanta Guide Service
  • November – Jeff Wright, Alpharetta Outfitters
  • December – Special program
  • January – Georgia DNR
  • February – Chattooga Fly Shop
  • March – Steve Hudson, will talk about white bass
  • April – Jake Darling of Unicoi Outfitters will talk about the upper Chattoochee

Fly Fishing for Shoal Bass

The Atlanta Fly Fishing Club will host its next meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Fly Fishing Guest Speaker – Manuel’s Tavern

Fly Fishing the Flint River for Shoal Bass!  Kent Edmonds

After growing up in western SC and frequenting the trout streams of NC and north Georgia, Kent moved to west Georgia about 30 years ago. Finding no trout thereabouts, he began seeking various warm water species with the fly rod. It turned out there were plenty willing to eat a fly…and many were at least as much fin as trout!

After several years of guiding part-time, Kent had a late mid-life crisis in 2001 and became a full-time fly fishing guide. He has fished the streams and lakes of southeast for over 40 years. His fly fishing experience ranges from the Northwest to the Caribbean to the South Pacific.

A Federation of Fly Fishers-certified instructor, Kent Edmonds is available for casting and fly-tying instruction. His articles have appeared in national and regional fly fishing and outdoor magazines, and he is a member of the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association.

Rates for Guide Trips and Instruction

Effective Jan. 1, 2010
Half-Day Guided Trip 1 or 2 $275 $275 $275
Full-Day Guided Trip 1 or 2 $400 $400 $400
Full-Day Guided Kayak Trip 1 or 2 $450* NA NA
Add for 3rd angler $50 half-day, $100 full-day NA
Casting & Tying Lessons 1 or 2 $60 per hour, minimum 2 hours
Two-Day Fishing School The Fly Fishing School at Habersham Mill
All equipment and supplies are included, unless you prefer to use your own. Wear/bring appropriate clothing, hat, and polarized sunglasses. Lunch is provided for full-day trips and schools. *Kayaks provided. Effective 7/14/17.

Fly Fishing the Big Horn River – 03/14/2018 Atlanta Fly Fishing Club

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Manuel’s Tavern

Fly Fishing the Big Horn River, Steve Galletta

The Atlanta Fly Fishing Club presents guest speaker Steve Galletta – Owner/Outfitter of Bighorn Angler in Ft. Smith, Montana will bring our program for March. Come hear Steve’s presentation on the Bighorn River. This river is well respected as one of the elite trout fishing destinations in the lower 48 states.   

Big Horn River Guide
Steve Galletta

March on the Big Horn River with Ruby

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – February 14, 2018 Meeting

This Month’s Presentation – Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Manuel’s Tavern

Fly Fishing Brazil, Michael Williams

After starting his guiding career in Colorado in the mid 90’s, Michael soon started guiding his clients all over the world. His top destinations included the Russian Far East, Alaska, and Baja Mexico. A long-time fly fishing industry marketer and representative for companies like Patagonia and Orvis, Michael has always been drawn to exploration. He first started his journey fishing in the Amazon in 2009, and started Nomadic Waters Brazil in 2015. He is currently the Director of Operations of Nomadic Waters while in the U.S., and the Fishing Manager while in Brazil (he personally hosts every trip in the Amazon). Michael is an RL Winston Pro Staff member and an Ambassador for Patagonia Fly Fishing.

Michael Williams
Director of Operations, U.S., Nomadic Waters
Director of Fishing Operations, Brazil
770.315.4873 Direct Line

Nomadic Waters

Atlanta Fly Fishing Meeting Cancelled

The September 13th club meeting is cancelled due to widespread power outages.

Although Manuel’s will likely be back up and running by Weds evening, the officers felt that it was in the members best interest to cancel the meeting due to storm damage, power outages and a suspected heavy traffic as people start to head back to Florida.


Colorado Trip Report

Several Club members drove out or met up to fish together in Colorado. The group included Ed Chamberlain, Rob Kissel, Eric Davies, Mark Stevens and JD Forrester.


We all gathered promptly at my house at 6 am, well make that 6:15 am, well make that 6:30 am, excited and ready for a great trip. As Eric said, “I’m so excited, I can’t sleep!” We pushed hard that first day and wound up in Lawrence, Kansas for the first night. Late the next day, we arrived at the Fort Collins KOA, a quite different place. Guards at the gate, razor wire on the fence, rules (“no you can’t park on the grass” and “no we can’t turn off the sprinkler system and sorry about your ruined items”). But we were greeted by Mark Stevens who flew in to meet us. It was great to see him.

The next day we gathered at St. Peter’s Fly Shop, a unique and great place. St. Peter’s is housed in a beautiful, older house that used to be the mayor of Ft. Collins residence. This shop is highly recommended and we all enjoyed shopping there. Last year during the flooding they really helped me and Uncle Miltie out by giving us a refuge.

After visiting the shop, we headed to our first stop, the Cache La Poudre River. The Poudre is a high gradient stream that starts at 10,000 feet and drops to 5,000 feet over the course of 50 miles.

The river is in a canyon and is spectacularly beautiful. It is also spectacularly steep and can be hard to wade, much less drive. In fact Ed and I witnessed a large Pepsi truck, off the road in a place where it shouldn’t have been. You have to be aware when you drive the road, there are places where there are no guard rails and one slip up could land you in the river.
The water seemed high and wading was tough. When we finally figured out the water, we discovered that the fish were not out in the middle of the river, but located right on the bank. A dry dropper worked pretty good thrown right next to the bank. The first day I had around a dozen, a pretty decent day.

The second day on the Poudre was much tougher for Ed and I. I think we got 6 to 8 fish each but it was hard work. When we hooked up with Rob, Eric and Mark, imagine our surprise when they all had a great day with many fish caught. Mark even missed a big boy on a dry.
Although the Poudre was beautiful, it was pretty tough to fish and many though it was due to the flood that hit the canyon last year.

Anyway, we still enjoyed the Poudre and I can’t leave this part of the trip without pointing out a very good steakhouse in Ft. Collins, Sonny’s Steakhouse. Sonny Lubick was the high successful Football Coach at Colorado State for many years and he has opened an excellent, if a bit expensive, Steakhouse in downtown Ft. Collins.

On the Wild Blue

Eric, Rob, Mark, Ed, and I headed to the Blue River. The Blue comes out of Lake Dillon in Summit County, Colorado. A little background info is needed here. Summit County is the highest elevation County in Colorado and is full of ski resorts such as Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Arapahoe Basin. The campground we stayed at, Heaton Bay, was around 9,000 ft. Last time I was there with Uncle Miltie I froze to death in my summer weight bag while Milton was comfortable in his 0 degree bag. It is a beautiful, high altitude area.



Ed Chamberlain off to conquer the Blue

One reason I came back to the Blue was when Uncle Miltie and I fished it in the Fall, it was one of the most beautiful rivers and area I have ever seen. The Blue is surrounded by the Gore Mountain Range and the slopes surrounding the river were covered with golden aspen trees. The vivid color was spectacular.

Ed and I searched for available water on the first day and settled for a stretch just outside Silverthorne. It was a nice looking section of water and Ed headed downstream as I headed upstream. The action was pretty slow for me until I got 200 yards upstream then bam! I was catching fish, big fish. Now these fish were only 18/19 inches long but that wasn’t the whole story.

These fish were so big, they needed to be measured in pounds, not inches. They were so big around I couldn’t even begin to hold one. One active fish jumped 5 times to my eye level, then finished it off with 2 more jumps. I was feeling pretty good about myself when I heard Ed call me on the walkie-talkie. “Uh, JD, I’m talking to a local and he says you are on private water”. WHAT? I never saw a sign, or a fence, or anything marking it as private water. But duh, no wonder the fish were so big. I hurried out of the water with my tail between my legs.

As best I remember it was a pretty tough day of fishing for us. But that was soon forgotten by looking at all the stars that come out at 9,000 ft.

The next day Ed and I headed out of town to a favored spot. The spot didn’t favor us too much and after fishing really hard I had managed only 3 fish. Ed suggested we head to town and get some info from Cutthroat Anglers, a great shop in the middle of Silverthrone. To our surprise they recommended fishing right behind the shop, which is in the middle of town, with people everywhere (in fact, I walked out of the river in the middle of a wedding). Ed hit a hole right next to a pedestrian bridge. I headed downstream and to my surprise began catching fish immediately and even missed a 17/18 inch big boy. Well that was nothing compared to Ed. He hooked into a big boy, and I mean big boy. The fight went on so long that people were cheering him from the bridge. Pretty soon after that guides were running out from the shop with a long handled net and Ed had a 23 inch cutthroat. You might see this epic fish on the Cutthroat Angler’s website, since they filmed the struggle.

(Ed says they did a good job of filming the fish, but never got a shot of him!).

Eric, Rob, and Mark headed to the Colorado outside of Kremmling and it sounded like the fishing was pretty tough, but Eric did get a nice 20 inch brown.

All in all, the Blue fished pretty tough. I know it holds fish, but can be a challenge. But it is well worth going there, if just for the scenery.

The Crystal was not Clear and Rob was Roaring on the Fork

After fishing the Blue we headed to the final destination on our trip-Carbondale with the surrounding rivers-the Crystal, the Roaring Fork, and especially the Frying Pan.

We camped at Crystal River KOA and I think we all enjoyed this campground the most of all, even over the 9,000 ft. elevation at Heaton Bay. First this campground was very laid-back, easy to be at. But most important was it was on the banks of the Crystal River, just under Mt. Sopris, a close to 13,000 ft mountain. A magical spot.

Ed and I set up the tent then hit the Crystal, which wasn’t too hard since it was 10 feet from our spot. The Crystal is a freestone stream that is beautiful trout river and easy to wade. After struggling with the Blue, I really enjoyed the Crystal. I finished with around 15, on dry dropper. Nothing too big (The Crystal is not known as a big trout river.

The biggest fish was around 15 inches. Ed has similar success. Although I don’t think the Crystal holds a lot of large fish, I would not hesitate to fish it-unless it rains.

On a different day we fished near Redstone, a quant mountain town upstream on the Crystal. It was a beautiful place and Ed and I decided to fish there. Eric and Rob decided to take a day off and head over to Crested Butte. Ed and I struggled on the Crystal that day, with around 3 or 4 fish each, so we decided to head downstream. We got out just as the muddy water hit the Crystal. We headed downstream and found clear water but not great fishing. I think we finished with around 7 or 8, but it was tough fishing.

We had decided to try the Roaring Fork, a local freestone stream. To give you an example of why is it called the Roaring Fork, this river drops more in its 70 mile decent than the Mississippi does over its complete decent. We were not very optimistic because it had rained hard the night before we hit the Roaring Fork, and flood warning were issued for the area. As we traveled to Aspen rain pelted us as well as several pro cycling teams preparing for the USA Pro Challenge. We wasted a morning sight-seeing and waiting for the rain to stop. To kill time we went to the Woody Creek Tavern.

I must digress here and talk about the Tavern. Woody Creek is a small town just outside of Aspen and the Tavern is right next to the Roaring Fork. The area was the one time home of Hunter S. Thompson (some of you may have to google him) and the Tavern saw entertainment by John Denver when he was off tour. On another trip, my mountain biking buddies saw several horses tied up outside, and several cowboys inside. Because of the rain, we decided to eat lunch there, which wasn’t a great idea, since our normal pattern was a large breakfast, snacks for lunch and a big supper. In other words we were full but decided to solider on anyway with a lunch. Two of our group got hot dogs, kind of akin to ordering meatloaf at a seafood restaurant. So Woody Creek Tavern was not the hit I thought it would be, but I highly recommend you visit there if you are in the area.

It was still rainy when we left the Tavern, but I said, I’m going fishing and headed to the Roaring Fork. We got lucky and the clouds parted and the sun came out. That didn’t help my fishing much, with only 4 fish. Ed did better than that, and Eric woke up from his nap and got one fish and quit. Rob was hot that day and found some holes and pulled a ton of fish out, including a nice 18 inch ? bow? Rob had a very good day on a technical river with a buckskin caddis.

We headed back to camp to get a good night’s sleep to face the AWESOME Frying Pan.