2018 Atlanta Fly Fishing Club Guest Speakers

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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

Fly Fishing Alpharetta OutdoorsjeffwrightJeff 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)

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chris Scalley of River Through Atlanta, Chattahoochee River Guide Service

Chris Scalley, the owner of River Through Atlanta, grew up on the Chattahoochee River and brings his passion for the river and the trout to his clients. Spending over 200 days a year on the ‘Hooch, gives Chris an unsurpassed knowledge of the river’s ecosystem and the behavior of the trout that inhabit it. No matter the time of year, Chris and his affiliate guides are ready to share the most efficient tactics for catching fish for their clients. Even if you’re new to the sport of flyfishing, his expert guides can have you casting and presenting flies with proficiency by the day’s end.


Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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

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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)

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, August 8, 2018

“Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing” – Dale Collins


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Sylva Downtown with the surrounding Mountains 1 1Dale Collins and Bobby Bennett, out of love for Western North Carolina and the plentiful fly fishing opportunities there, moved their

families to the high country west of Ashevile and opened Tuckasegee Fly Shop in Bryson City.

They have established a full service fly shop and offer fishing adventures and guided services on the Tuckasegee, Natahala and Little Tennessee Rivers as well as the streams in and around the Great Smoky Mountains national Park. Come hear about the many opportunities to fly fish in this area.

The fly shop was recently highly recommended as a visit in Lonely Planet.  Sylva is a great family destination.


Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Fly Fishing for Carp

“Carping 101 – How to Find Them and Feed Them” – Henry Cowen


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Carp have become one of America’s ugly hero’s in the world of fly fishing. While they are not the most attractive looking fish and are notoriously spooky, carp offer fly anglers the opportunity to feel like they are bone fishing or red fishing, only they are doing it within a 30-minute drive from your door.  All Fish are SIGHT-CAST to and most fish are caught in under 3′ of water. It’s as rewarding a fishery as you’ll ever experience, and Henry will give you enough info to find and successfully fish a carp flat.
Henry has been pursuing striped bass on both fly and light tackle for over 30 years in both Saltwater and Freshwater. His reputation and knowledge precede him as being a leader in the fly fishing and fly tying industry.
Henry currently guides on both Lake Sidney Lanier (north of Atlanta, GA) and Lake Allatoona (northwest of Atlanta, GA) for stripers and trophy spotted bass. He is an accomplished fly tier and outdoor writer as well. As an Umpqua Feather Merchants fly designer his flies are available at many fly shops around the United States as well as in the Orvis and LL Bean catalog.
His flies, as well as the articles on how to tie them continue to appear in magazines such as American Angler, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Tyer, Flyfishing America, Angler Magazine and Fly Fisherman. Henry’s name now also appears on the masthead of both American Angler and Angler Magazine as a contributing editor/writer.
Henry obtained his FFF certified casting instructor certificate back in the mid-nineties. He is well known for his many seminars on salt water fly fishing as well as fresh water fly fishing for striped bass, Kentucky spotted bass and carp.
He has appeared, as a guest, on a number of nationally televised outdoor shows (The Ford Outfitters, The Nuts and Bolts of Fishing, The Orvis Sporting Life, Growing Up Outdoors, The Reel Guys, One More Cast w/Shaw Grigsby and O’Neill Outside) as well as some regional outdoor television shows. Henry continues to appear weekly on the Oneill Outside radio show. He is also the fishing personality on the video “Flyfishing for Landlocked stripers” which is available at many fly shops around the country.
This Month’s Meeting – Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – Manuel’s Tavern

Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, June  13, 2018 – St. Simons Island Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing “Tactics for the World’s Best Flats” – Jeff Currier

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Despite living in Idaho, Jeff Courier has a lifetime of experience in the salt and more than 30 years of adventures on the world’s most renown flats.  His adventures to more than sixty countries on six continents and more than 385 fly caught species and counting make him one of the foremost authorities in fly fishing. Wherever he goes, Jeff brings a sense of humor, enthusiasm, approach-ability and plenty of experience.
Jeff has been in the fly fishing industry for over thirty years. He began behind the counter at a fly shop in Jackson, Wyoming then went on to manage the shop for twenty years. He has taught the basics of fly fishing and guided anglers all over the Yellowstone area and throughout the world in both fresh and saltwater. He is presently on the Professional Advisory Staff for R.L Winston Rod Co., Bauer Reels, Simms Fishing Products, Scientific Anglers, Costa, Yeti, Kate’s Real Food, and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. Jeff has met thousands of anglers from novice to advanced. His greatest joy is to help folks catch fish by supplying simple advice.



Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – St. Simons Island Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing the St. Simons Island with Dave Edens

Capt. David Edens is the Coast Guard licensed captain of Fly Cast Charters and is an Endorsed Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide. He has been an avid fly fisherman of both coastal and inland waters for almost fifty years. He has cast his line from Alaska to the Bahamas, from Vermont to California and most of the states in between. He is a Fly Fishers International Certified Instructor and he has been certified by the Rod Builders Guild as a Professional Rod Builder.

Dave Edens

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Our April Edmonds presented a great program about fly fishing for Shoal Bass on the Flint River.

Kent Edmunds

The Atlanta Fly Fishing Club  Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Fly Fishing for Shoal Bass

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.

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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.


Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Fly Fishing the Big Horn River

Fly Fishing the Big Horn River, Steve Galletta

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.   Visit their Blog site for more information on local conditions on the Big Horn River.

Big Horn River Guide
Steve Galletta
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March on the Big Horn River with Ruby

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Manuel’s Tavern Fly Fishing Brazil

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.

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Director of Operations, U.S., Nomadic Waters
Director of Fishing Operations, Brazil
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Atlanta Fly Fishing Show – February 2, 3 2018

The Atlanta Fly Fishing Club will have a booth at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show at the Infinite Energy Center.  Our booth will be at the far left of the show floor.  Show Hours Friday: 9am – 6:00pm and Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is back and will be  Friday, February 2 at 6:30pm. $15; $10 in advance.


Atlanta Fly Fishing Club – January 10, 2017 – Alaska Fly Fishing Destinations

Speaker: Rus Schwausch

Rus Schwausch of EPIC Angling & Adventure will tell us about his two fishing destinations-of-a-lifetime located on the Alaska Peninsula – Alaska Wilderness SAFARI and Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST. Each experience will take you far away from paved roads and the typical structured Alaska fly fishing lodge setting… there are no fine paintings and no fancy carpet at these fishing camps.
Rus has been fishing, adventuring and guiding in Alaska since 1995. Little did he know that his first trip to Alaska back then, on a 100 mile unguided float trip with his buddies, would send his life in a completely new direction. He describes himself as “a former engineer, turned fishing guide, turned outfitter.” Plus, he’s a Wilderness First Responder and U.S. Coast Guard licensed.