Atlanta is the heart of fly-fishing in the Southeastern U.S.? Atlanta and nearby communities support four major fly fishing stores: Alpharetta Outfitters, The Fish Hawk, Cohutta Fishing, and Unicoi Outfitters, plus numerous guide services along with the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club, TU GA and GA Women’s Fly Fishers.
Atlanta will host The Fly Fishing Show, Feb. 3-4 at Infinite Energy Center in suburban Duluth. It will encompass 50,000-square feet of exhibit space plus additional seminar rooms. There will be more than 150 exhibitor booths, dozens of fly tiers and seven different presentations each hour including fly-casting demonstrations, featured fly tiers, Destination Theater audio/visual presentations, classes with experts and both formal and informal talks by authors.
The highlight of the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show will be the casting demonstrations by Lefty Kreh, the 91-year old icon of the sport. He has been honored with the Lifetime Contribution Award by the North American Fly Tackle Trade Association, is in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, and has served as a Senior Advisor to Trout Unlimited and the International Federation of Fly Fishers. His namesake fly – the Lefty’s Deceiver – has likely caught more saltwater gamefish than any other in history. Other featured casting and/or fly tying demonstrators include Dave Whitlock, Bob Clouser, and Dr. Gary Borger.
What many outside the area don’t realize, is that the 430 mile long Chattahoochee River is the area’s focal point of fly-fishing. North of the Atlanta metropolis, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area protects portions of the riverbank. The United States’ 9th largest population center, Atlanta is the only major metro with a tailwater stream with a self-sustaining wild brown trout population running through its downtown.
Parking at the Infinite Energy Center is free; and the show hotel, Embassy Suites, will be newly opened in December. For reservations call Kana Corporate Office at (856) 297-4748 and request a reservation for the Fly Fishing Show rate.
Admission to the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show will be $15 for one day; $25 for both days. Children under age 5 are free, under 12, $2. Scouts under age 16 in uniform are free. Active military with ID are $10. Show hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Fri.; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sat.
The International Fly Fishing Film Festival will be presented Fri. at 6:30. Film Festival tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance. Prior to the film, the inaugural Southern Trout “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held.
For additional information, contact the Fly Fishing Show at (814) 443-3638 or firstname.lastname@example.org