ATLANTA, Ga. – Fly fishers – in forced hibernation for nearly two years – will emerge in droves as the fifth annual Atlanta Fly Fishing Show kicks off the 2022 Southeastern U.S. angling season, Feb. 4-5 at the Gas South Convention Center (formerly Infinite Energy Center), 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.
With expanded exhibitor space, producers promise more manufacturer and retail store displays of the newest fly rods, reels, lines, boots, waders, clothing and flies plus guides and vacation lodges during the two day event in the newly-renovated facility.
Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. Parking is free.
In addition to lodges and exotic destinations, show visitors looking for fishing vacation destinations can view continuous seminars and trip presentations ranging from Colorado to the Brazilian Amazon, North Carolina to Patagonia. The show will have about 15 seminars, demonstrations and Destination Theater presentations each hour.
Nearly continuous how-to-do-it seminars include Tim Flagler’s An Introduction to Trout Spey, Gary Borger with Dry Fly Presentation, Jimmy Jacobs’ Georgia’s Overlooked Warm Water Fly Fishing, Jason Randall’s What Trout See and Why it Matters, Landon Mayer’s Guide Flies: Simple Patterns for Tough Trout, Andy Mill with How to Successfully Catch Tarpon and Mac Brown’s Streamer Methods for Better Quality Trout.
Casting demonstrations include those by Alice Owsley, Mac Brown, Borger, Brian O’Keefe and Landon Mayer.
Featured fly tiers include Borger, Ed Engle, Mayer, Pat Dorsey, Dave Whitlock, Steve Hudson, and Tim Flagler.
There will be 15 classes with experts. Class registration is $85 except for an 8-hour advanced casting class with Mac Brown a day before the show on Thurs., Feb. 3. Tuition for that class is $625.
Regular $85 classes include Fly Fishing Tailwaters with Dorsey, Practical Nymphing with Engle, Trout Hunting 101 with Mayer and The Perfect Cast with Borger.
More than $30,000 in national Fly Fishing Show door prizes are up for grabs highlighted by a $9,000 value trip to the Blue Horizon Lodge, Belize; a $6,890 vacation to the Belize River Lodge, Belize; a $5,900 Atlantic salmon experience for two guests at the Restigouche River Lodge, New Brunswick, Canada; a $5,070 visit to Grand Slam Lodge in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula offered by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures; and a $5,200 Atlantic salmon experience with Fish Partner in Iceland.
The Southeast premiere of the 2022 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is Fri. (2/4) at 6:30. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Fly Fishing Show® admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days. Children under age 5 are free as are Boy and Girl Scouts under age 16 in uniform. Children 6-12 are $5. Active military with an ID are $10.
For a complete list of fly-fishing films, classes with experts, seminars, door prizes, and demonstrations, visit flyfishingshow.com/atlanta/ or phone (814) 443-3638.