Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Beginning Fly Tying
The club is considering hosting a beginning fly tying class. Please provide your input with through this survey.
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.
November Club Photos 2013
AFFC Casting Instructions
Ed Chamberlain, a certified fly casting instructor, will be teaching casting prior to all club meetings. Last month Ed invited members to arrive early for the meeting and work on casting skills between 5-6 p.m. Interested members should meet him in Manuel’s parking lot near the Bank of America ATM machine at 5, bring your favorite rod, and we’ll walk down to the grassy area along Freedom Parkway.
If you are new to the area or just picking up the sport of fly fishing, join us at Manuels Tavern on the second Wednesday of each month (7 pm start), and become a new member. You are going to feel welcome as soon as you walk into the meeting as Dwight will greet you and introduce you to other members. Missing some gear? The club also has a for sale table at each meeting and you can enter to win one of the many raffle items that often include a new Orvis fly rod.
October fly fishing meeting features bamboo fly rod maker Bill Oyster
Fly fisherman from around the world know Bill Oyster from the quality of his rods. The craftsmanship is suburb. He and his wife ran the rod building shop in Blue Ridge for many years. In the past couple of years, he purchased the former Unicoi Outfitters Blue Ridge location a few doors north of him. The rod shop has some other high quality clothing and items in addition to his rods. The fly shop offers flies, equipment, clothing, local fishing conditions, and a connection to a number of local guides.
In addition to his building of custom bamboo rods, he offers bamboo rod building classes which many of our club members have taken.
There is a great writeup about Bill in Garden & Gun
It was clear that, like every other rod maker I’d met, Bill Oyster was a perfectionist; there’s no other way to do this. Making a fine bamboo fly rod takes forty, sixty, eighty hours of highly skilled work, and Bill spends an additional week peering into a microscope to add the complex engraving on all his nickel silver fittings. “It’s hard to think artistically when you’re just trying to eat, keep the power on,” he said. “So yeah, maybe I’m obsessive-compulsive. Not with other things — I mean, it’s not as if I get up, make the bed, tuck my shirt in. But with this, every rod I make I want to make it better. I throw away ninety percent of the bamboo I buy, burn it in the backyard. If there’s a blemish in it, it drives me nuts.”