Southeastern anglers from Florida to the Carolinas, Alabama to Tennessee, will have their eyes focused and hearts set on dream vacations and all the new tools that make the sport what it is at the second annual Atlanta Fly Fishing Show, Feb. 2-3 in the Infinite Energy Center, Duluth. $40,000 indoor prizes are up for grabs.
The exposition site, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, will play host to the Fri.-Sat. a potpourri of all-things-fly-fishing with hourly seminars, casting demonstrations, fly-tying, destination films, a Fly Fishing Film Festival and the newest tackle and clothing in a sold-out exhibition hall. Parking is free.
Fly Fishing Show® hours are 9 am-6 pm, Fri.; 9 am-5:30 pm, Sat. Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days. Children under age 5 are free as are Boy and Girl Scouts under 16 in uniform. Children under 12 are $5. Military with ID are $10.
Exhibitor booths include both foreign and domestic tackle manufacturers, retailers, lodges, resorts, guide services, artists, and conservation organizations – many offerings discounted sales incentives and “show specials.”
Among the more than $40,000 in national show door prizes are trips to Pesca Maya, Ascension Bay, Mex., $5,692; Restigouche River Lodge, New Brunswick, Canada;, $5,350; Grand Slam Lodge, Argentina, $3,750; Nervous Waters at Pira Lodge, Argentina, $3,400; Nervous Waters at Chime Lodge Argentina, $3,000; Andros Island Bonefish Club, Bahamas, $2,900; Iceland fishing guide trip, $2,200; Soaring Eagle Lodge, San Juan River, New Mexico, $1,980; and Trout Hunter, Henry’s Fork at Last Chance, Idaho, $1,900.
Others include an original oil painting by Ryan Keene of KRArt, $1,800; Water Master personal watercraft, $1,695; trip with Big Horn Angler, Montana, $1,650; seven nights at Weatherby’s Maine Sporting Lodge, $1,603; guided fishing Davidson River Outfitters, North Carolina, $1,500; Fisheads San Juan River Lodge, New Mexico, $1,500; Siegler Big Game Reel, $1,500; and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures trip gift certificate, $1,500. Local and regional door prizes will also be awarded.
Fly casting demonstrations are scheduled by Gary Borger, Bob Clouser, Daniel Galhardo, Landon Mayer, Mac Brown and Kevin Howell. Featured fly tiers include Henry Cowan, Dave Whitlock, Clouser, Borger, Enrico Puglisi, Ed Engle and Tim Flagler.
A dozen classes with fly-tying and casting experts are open for advance registration. Class fees are $85 and include admission to the Fly Fishing Show for that day. Classes are Fly Casting with Bob Clouser, Progressive Nymphing Blending Traditional with Euro Techniques with George Daniel, Dry Fly Academy with Nate Brumley, The Perfect Cast with Gary Borger, and Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle. Others include Tips and Tricks for Tying Small Flies with Tim Flagler, Advanced Nymph Fishing with Jason Randall and Trout Hunting 101 with Landon Mayer. Fly Fishers International (FFI) will host a free learning center with casting, fly-tying, knot tying, rigging and choosing a fly.
Among the Destination Theater presentations are programs on Freshwater Dorado in Bolivia, Fly Fishing the Turneffe Atoll in Belize, Fly Fishing in the Arctic Regions of Canada’s Northwest Territories, Montana’s Kootenai Country, Fly Fishing the Carolinas, Targeting School Bass in the Upper Chattahoochee River, and Fishing North Georgia Beyond Trout.
Seminars include 50 Best Places to Fly-Fish the Southeast, Flats Fishing the World, Fly Fishing for Bass Top to Bottom, Situational Nymphing, Fishing Small Flies and When All Else Fails: Catching Trout on Tough Days. There are 10 60-minute seminars scheduled each day. An Author’s Booth offers the opportunity to have books inscribed and “talk fly-fishing.” Authors scheduled include Borger, Jeff Currier, Nate Brumley, Daniel Galhardo, Jim Miss, and Clouser. John Shaner will clean and lubricate any Hardy reel and provide a brief history of the manufacture of each reel in the Hardy booth.
For class registration or a complete list of Destination Theater presentations, seminars, door prizes, fly tiers and casting demonstrations, visit flyfishingshow.com/atlanta/; phone (814) 443-3638.