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!

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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.

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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,

Gregg

Greg, Meredith, Rob

 

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.