We’ve Been Teaching Fly Fishing in Georgia Since 1999
About Atlanta Fly Fishing School
What We Do
Offering a Fly Fishing School, a Fly Casting School, an Advanced Fly Casting School and Private Lessons to meet the needs of all skill levels. Unique in offering half day schools. You will appreciate how affordable our schools are and enjoy the time between schools to master newfound tools and techniques. Whether you desire to take one class or all three, one per season or one per year, we can help you get started or advance your abilities.
“The Easiest Way to Learn Fly Fishing in Beautiful Atlanta Georgia”
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“A refreshing and unique approach to fly-fishing instruction”
“A school designed by fly-fishermen for fly-fishermen…everything you need” to know”
“Quality instruction…Limited to six students per certified instructor”
Fly Fishing School is not only for beginners, but it is the perfect place to start. This five hour school covers everything you need to know to get started from scratch. While attended by many who have never cast a rod, it is equally taken by seasoned fisherman who were self taught and want to brush up on the basics. You’ll enjoy the comfortable, relaxed style of instruction that allows you to learn at your own pace. It makes learning fly-fishing fun.
COURSE CONTENT: emphasis is hands on class study with an introduction to casting
History of fishing (introduction)
History of fly-fishing (5 minutes)
Fishes senses as they relate to fishing
Reading the water, where to cast
Anatomy of fly rods and fly reels
Fly line backing; needs, purpose, lb. test
Fly lines, floating, sinking, intermediate
Fly line designs, codes, and purposes
Knots; putting it all together
Accessories; all the gadgets
Equipment; what you do and don't need
Clothing, vests, waders, boots, glasses, tubes, etc
Leaders; lengths, designs, purpose
Tippets; lb. test, the X factor
Entomology; matching the hatch, aquatic insects
Fly selection; cold, warm, fresh, salt, blue water flies
Casting terms; how to cast efficiently
Casting mechanics; physics and principles
Beginning casting; we supply all equipment, state of the art graphite fly rods and the latest fly lines
Fly Casting School is grounded in the basics and a perfect place for beginners, yet is a very comprehensive casting class covering 20 specialty casts. The class starts with a class room "chalk talk" on mechanics then it’s out to the water for hands on instruction. Everyone likes our Fly Casting School because it is grounded in the basics yet comprehensive enough to advance anglers of all levels to greater expertise and enjoyment.
COURSE CONTENT: emphasis is on casting with limited classroom study.
Casting Terms, How to Cast Effectively
Casting Mechanics: Physics and Principles
15 Most Common Casting Errors
Pick-up and lay down cast
Overhead casting in different planes
Loop formation, tight loops, open loops
Controlled timing; varying the pause
False casting; three reasons why
Roll casting; eight reasons why
Sidearm casting, underhand casting
Backhand casting, cross body casting
Belgian cast for weighted flies & lines
Shooting line for distance
Change of direction casting, aerial and on the water
Distance casting; line speed & loop control
Accuracy casting; unrolling a straight leader
Casting with the wind; overcome any wind direction
Slack line casting; pendulum cast, serpentine cast, puddle cast
Mending the line, drag free drifts
Hook setting; the lift set and strip set
Playing, fighting, landing fish
The advanced fly casting class is designed to help good casters become much better fly casters
Fly fishermen benefit by becoming better fly casters when they improve their casting accuracy, distance, efficiency, loops and line control. The advanced fly casting class is designed to help good casters become much better fly casters while improving all aspects of their casting ability. This class is not for beginning fly fishermen but is for advanced casters that strive to perfect their cast and improve their ability to cast under adverse conditions.
The course utilizes a digital casting analyzer developed by Dr. Noel Perkins of the University of Michigan and Bruce Richards of Scientific Anglers. It also utilizes dual angle digital photography and unique software for evaluation of casting problems. The class is limited to six students and takes approximately 6 hours of instruction and analysis to complete. The class is administered by FFF certified casting instructors and includes lunch. Students are encouraged to arrive on time and be well rested.
Your Computer generated casting analysis is captured on digital photography and a digital analyzer...
...And projected on our 10 feet screen for viewing
Whether you are learning to cast for the first time, honing your double-haul skills for a trip to the salt flats, or just want to add other tactical maneuvers to your arsenal, a one-on-one private lesson is the fastest way to improve. Private lessons are typically used for casting instruction with an analysis of your casting by video or digital image, however, we can utilize the time to address any questions you may have. The one-on-one assessment of your casting with professional instruction insures your progress to better casting and presentation.
LESSON CONTENT: emphasis is on casting analysis, improvement, and specialty casts. Private lessons can also be used to review equipment, for a private school, to tune up for an upcoming trip or just to get answers to your questions.
Certified Casting Instructor School
A class designed to help future fly casting instructors. If your goal is to help others learn the art of fly fishing we can show you how. Being good at fly fishing does not make you good at TEACHING fly fishing to others. These are two very different skills. The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) has an excellent, 2 level, certification program for Certified Casting Instructors and Master Certified Casting Instructors. Our instructors and classes can help you become a better teacher and help prepare you with the skills you will need to take a certification exam.