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 – 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

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

June 11, 2014 Club Meeting features Unicoi Outfitter’s guide Jake Darling

June 11 Fly Fishing Club Meeting features Jake Darling of Unicoi Outfitters

Our fly casting instructor, Ed Chamberlain is assisting the TU youth fly fishing camp this week and therefore we will not have our usual casting instructions.

Jake Darling in action

Jake Darling of Unicoi outfitters will explain all about Dynamic Indicator Fishing.

  • What is it?
  • When do you use it?
  • Why do you use it?
  • (and I suspect the others… who uses it and how they use it…)

Related subject… here is a great writeup in Midcurrent on indicators

Should be a great meeting, please join us!

 Unicoi Outfitters , who has been a long time supporter and friend of the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club, prides itself on educating new fly anglers.  They offer a variety of learning opportunities, and our staff includes several FFF certified casting instructors, graduates of the Orvis guide school, and graduates of the Joan Wulff school for fly fishing instructors. We are extremely committed to helping you learn as much about the sport as you’d like.   Our speaker this month is one of the most outstanding guides in the state and promises to give you a new technique to add to your arsenal for fly fishing!


Jake Darling of Unicoi Outfitters

Allen McGee, May 14, 2014 Soft Hackle Flies, Atlanta Fly Fishing Club speaker

May 14 Club Meeting – Allen McGee, Riverfly Angler

Allen McGee is a well known author and expert at tying and fishing. His book “Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs” has helped thousands of fly-fishing enthusiast learn the craft of fly-tying. He has created a collection of original fly patterns that are made to catch fish. There will be a fly-tying tutorial at 5:00 for those who have signed up. His presentation is always educational and fun.  His book is reviewed by the Ohio FFF with great endorsements!

Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs

Allen is also a well known photographer as you can see in his blog posts.


David Edens; Fishing the Georgia coast for Tripletail

March 12, 2014 Club Speaker – David Edens; Fishing the Georgia coast for Tripletail

Arrive before 6:30 PM and program starts at 7:00 pm.  See club events for location information.

Capt. David Edens is the Coast Guard licensed captain of Fly Cast Charters and is an Endorsed Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide. He has received 5 out of 5 ratings on the Orvis sight. A typical day of fishing with Captain Dave will be spent sight casting to feeding or cruising red fish. If the tides are high enough, we will look for Tailers on the many grass flats in the area. As the tide changes, we will target either Redfish or Trout with a fly rod or light tackle.

Tripletail reach a maximum size of 40 pounds although the average size is much smaller. Tripletail, as the name implies, have a body that appears to have three tails. This is actually just the anal and dorsal fins. Tripletail are common in the Gulf of Mexico but are a species that gets little fishing pressure. Most tripletail are caught as an incidental catch by anglers targeting lemon fish or sometime snapper fisherman if they happen to be in the right place at the right time and stay alert.

David Edens fishing for red fish in St. Simons Island

Coastal Fly Fishing Opportunities – January 8, 2014 AFFC Club Meeting

Our January 8, 2014 Atlanta Fly Fishing meeting we will feature Captain Charlie Beadon and be will be on coastal fly fishing opportunities near Hilton Head, South Carolina. Topics for the meeting include areas and species to fish, equipment and casting requirements.

Captain Charlie Beadon is originally from Daytona Beach, FL but now operates as a saltwater fly fishing guide out of Hilton Head, SC and Key Largo Florida. He is a FFF fly casting instructor with a passion for sight fishing in shallow water and teaching others about fly fishing.

Charlie Beadon can be booked at

Fishing the shallows with Charlie Beadon

Video Fly Fishing near Hilton Head

December 2013 Club Meeting – Ben Moore – Trophy Trout on the Saluda River

December 2013 Club Speaker – Ben Moore – Trophy Trout on the Saluda River

December’s Atlanta Fly Fishing meeting features guide Ben Moore who will be speaking about fly fishing in Columbia South Carolina on Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. Most club members start arriving at 5:30.  The December meeting is one of the best of the year as it is always a full house and has some of the best raffle prizes of the year.

The Saluda River is one of those “undiscovered” gems of the south. To see why, take a look at Gregg’s fly fishing trip on the river earlier this year where he landed a 22″ brown (see post).

The guide said it was the biggest brown he had seen taken on the river.
The guide said it was the biggest brown he had seen taken on the river.

Ben guides fly fishing float trips and wading trips on the Saluda River in Columbia South Carolina, the Chattooga River, and the Savannah River. He has spent his entire life on these waters and has mastered the secrets to catching trophy fish in local streams. The cold, fast-flowing oxygenated water offers a perfect environment for growth and survival, he said. “I’m catching fish all the way up to the 24-inch range.” Ben guides for East Anglers out of Augusta, Georgia

Come out to Manuel’s and hear Ben as he shares some of his secrets for catching these trophy sized trout.

Video of Ben

AFFC November 2013 Club Speaker

Alex Bell – AB’s Fly Fishing Guide Service

November’s Atlanta Fly Fishing meeting features guide Alex Bell.  November 13, 2013 at 7 p.m.

The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. The trail covers 15 excellent spots for catching brook, brown and rainbow trout. Alex Bell is a fishing guide, educator and adaptive Fly Fishing Practitioner who helped create the concept of the trail in conjunction with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Come out to Manuel’s to learn how you can take advantage of this fly fishing opportunity.
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WNC Fly Fishing Trail map

Club Fly Fishing Day at Gregg’s bass pond

Good day, everyone.  I would like to take a moment to say that I appreciate your coming out to to fly fish and ride kayaks.  The weather was good and the fish were biting!  Rob Stroupe was giving fly casting clinics (Meredith had a great time).  Tom caught 5 bass on one of Michael Orr’s flies.

I caught two more (a bluegill and a bass) after ya’ll left.  One other person showed up after lunch.  She got several bites but lost them on the reel-in.  Bummer.

Feel free to fish the pond any time you wish.  I need not be present for you to come.  In the rare possibility someone confronts you about fishing there, simply tell them you are “Gregg’s guest.”  They know who I am.

In the meantime, be safe and tight lines!!

Take care,


Greg, Meredith, Rob