Saturday, May 25, 2019

Young Outfitters

Drove up to Palatka this morning to check out the Blue Crab Festival and ended up discovering a small fly shop! Young Outfitters opened in January of this year on Palatka's Second Street and carries an assortment of kayaks, rods and reels (fly and conventional), flies and lures, and a selection of hats and tshirts. They also offer classes and gear rentals! Check them out if you're ever in the area!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Looking forward to enjoying some water, the Blue Crab Festival and some charred meat on this Memorial Day weekend! How about you?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MCFF Tying Meeting - 20 May 2019

Finally made it back to an MCFF Tying Meeting last night! Emmet Pizzo ran an in-depth class on hollow-tied baitfish patterns. He started out with hook selection and variations, then covered tying thread, weed guards, fur and material options, making 3-D eyes and different head cement choices. The class tied along as Emmet walked through the steps of tying this productive psuedo-fur baitfish. I'd say, no matter the tying level, everyone in the class learned something last night! I need to practice a few more (I'm obviously very rusty!), then tie a whole box of different variations!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Surf Casting Practice

Waiting for the line to straighten to start the second haul. The double haul and tension method are essential to surf casting, especially when casting into the wind.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

I said I'd never do it.

I said I'd never do it. But, I needed a budget saltwater reel in a hurry. So, I did it. Worst part is, I had to get it from Amazon to get it in time! Would anyone be interested in a First Cast video of the Redington Behemoth? Or, have you seen it enough already?

Friday, May 17, 2019

Out Of Office

"Hi there, Thanks for your email. I am out of the office right now and will not return until mm/dd. Fortunately for you, our resources never take time off and we’ve got this awesome ebook / whitepaper / infographic on [TITLE] that I think you would enjoy. I’ll get back to you as soon as I get back into the office. Best,"

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Smokey's watching! Blue Ridge Trout Fest 2019

Smokey's watching! The US Forest Service, Chattahoochee National Forest and the Georgia Forestry Commision were on hand with lots of activity books and stickers for the children, along with a giant, inflatable Smokey Bear! I've been a fan of Smokey's all my life!

Vibe Kayaks and Riverquivers at Blue Ridge Trout Fest 2019

It's a gorgeous day to buy a new Vibe Kayak or a Riverquiver!

Unicoi Outfitters at Blue Ridge Trout Fest 2019

The folks from Unicoi Outfitters are here in Blue Ridge today selling a few hats and talking all things flyfishing in North Georgia! These are the folks to see for a guided shoal bass trip!

Alpharetta Outfitters at Blue Ridge Trout Fest!!

Hanging out at the Alpharetta Outfitters booth at the Blue Ridge Trout Fest!! Stop by and see us!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Western Rise on Kickstarter

I met Will and Kelly on my first trip to ICAST/IFTD. I've been very impressed with their designs ever since. I received an email from them today asking if I would help spread the word on a Kickstarter they're doing for a new shirt design. Check them out, their suggested post follows. .
My friends at Western Rise just launched their Limitless Merino Wool Shirt on Kickstarter! It looks like an oxford, is more comfortable than a t-shirt, and outperforms your activewear. Save over 25% when you pre-order for a limited time.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Made a quick stop at Bass Pro...

Made a quick stop at Bass Pro yesterday to find a travel bag for my fly tying gear. They had this bag, empty, for $12.99 and a 4-pack of boxes that fit inside for $14.99. All in, I came out about $10 cheaper than buying a smaller bag that already had the boxes in it! I'll keep you posted on how it holds up over time. Now to find the new vise and tools to fill it!

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Catching White Bass

Throwing it back this week to catching white bass in the suburbs with my buddy Steve Hudson. It's right about this time of year that they're running! My friends at Alpharetta Outfitters are hosting a White Bass Fly Tying Clinic Saturday morning, so make sure you get signed up for that!

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

ICAST and IFTD 2019

I completed my registration this morning. I'll be attending both ICAST 2019 in Orlando and IFTD 2019 in Denver! With the shows separated now, I'll have the time to get even more live coverage from both. So, make sure you follow along! Thanks!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

4th Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest

This is always a great event and I'm really looking forward to spending the weekend in the North Georgia Mountains! I hope to see everyone there!
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Fly Fishing Show -- Atlanta 2019

Evenin' Folks,
   Last month I hitched up the Pup and drove back up to North Georgia to attend The Fly Fishing Show Atlanta. I left St. Augustine after work on Wednesday night and boondocked at the Cracker Barrel in Perry, GA.  After enjoying Mama's Pancake Breakfast in front of the fire the next morning, I continued on to Don Carter State Park in Gainesville.
  Don Carter is the newest park in the Georgia State Parks system, but it's been open for several years now. All of the RV sites are paved, and pretty level, with electric and water hookups and a gray water dump. I made my reservation pretty early on, so I was able to get a prime site on a point stretching into Lake Lanier.  Since the leaves weren't out on the trees  yet, there was an almost unobstructed 270° view of the lake!
  After setting up the camper at the campsite, I drove up to Blairsville to visit family. I took the long way up through Helen just to enjoy the scenery. Since I was so close to the Upper Hooch and the Chattahoochee National Forest I stopped to make a couple casts in one of my old favorite spots. I didn't catch anything, but then, I really didn't expect to with high water, saltwater gear and only 5 minutes of trying!!
  The Atlanta Fly Fishing Show actually takes place in Duluth at the Infinite Energy Center and is a two-day engagement over Friday and Saturday. In between, on Friday evening, the International Fly Fishing Film Festival is held at a nearby hotel.  The IF4, as usual, had a cash bar in the lobby and, this year, they handed out fresh bags of popcorn to enjoy during the films. We were also treated to some fine pickin' from a local bluegrass ensemble while waiting for the movies to start!  I always enjoy attending the film festivals, but I can't help but thinking that a lot of the films are starting to look the same.  I hate to complain because I do enjoy them, but I'm ready for something really different.  Is the world ready for a bluegill fishing film?  Maybe something with music that doesn't make my ears ring would be nice, too.  But that's just me, I still encourage everyone to attend, especially if you can take a guest that hasn't made their mind up yet about flyfishing.  These short movies will definitely help get them hooked!!
  If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of The Flyfishing Shows near you, I highly recommend that you do. These shows are always made up of all the local shops making great deals, manufacturers demonstrating new products, clubs and organizations signing up new members, lodges and guides showcasing their services, casting ponds to try before you buy and casting demonstrations, author booths, tying demo's and full, multi-hall lecture schedules. You'd be hard pressed to see and do everything in the two days of the show!
  The Atlanta Flyfishing Show is always a blast and absolutely worth the trip! I'm already looking forward to the 2020 show and I will plan to attend. I hope you can make it! Make sure you stop me and say hi if you see me!  Please enjoy the photos, make sure you follow @TheSuburbanAngler on Instagram and Facebook to see live coverage of all the shows I attend.  And, as always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please get in touch!!
  I hope you're all doing well!
    Happy Fishing!

A good night's rest followed by a hearty breakfast in front of the fire! On the road again!!

The sunrise view from the Wolf Pup's window when I was camping at Don Carter State Park for the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show. 

All I had with me was saltwater gear, but I couldn't resist making a few casts into the Upper Chattahoochee River above Helen. That water was high, but crystal clear!! It was such a gorgeous day, if I didn't have previous plans, I would've head deeper into the National Forest and checked some of my old favorite spots!

It's showtime!!!

Checking out some cool new products in the Yeti Coolers booth! The waterproof blanket and folding chairs would be perfect for the camper and the tote bag and wheeled cooler look ideal for surf casting sessions!!

Alpharetta Outfitters had some great deals on clothes, gear, guided trips and destinations!

ARC Fishing was here for their first Atlanta The Fly Fishing Show!! Folks were stopping by to get the rundown on their innovations in fly line, leaders and tippets. They had some fantastic show deals going on, too!

Lots to drool over in the Stealth Craft Boats booth! 

I really like the look and feel of these Towee Boats skiffs!! And, there's really no better endorsement for a product than to get to speak with the owner/designer at these shows!

The Angling Bookstore is now on Instagram!! Give them a follow for one of the best selections of fly fishing publications going!! 

Author Steve Hudson having fun talking north Georgia fly fishing and signing his books! 

Got to hang out a bit and catch up with Mark in the Original Ty-Rite booth!! This is one of those awesome little products that you don't think you need until you use one! It's the cure for small flies and cold fingers!!  Mark also had products from other small companies on display, like Brook Fishing Equipment, Ascent Fly Fishing and Fly Trap Holder.

Talked a little shop with Mark Keller, celebrity fly tyer and creator of the Eflyz. There's still a couple slots open on the Eflyz species board that I think I'm going to try to fill in this year!! Check out these amazing hardbody flies for yourself!!

I was a little late, but thoroughly enjoyed Steve Hudson's presentation on fishing for brook trout! Look for his new book on the subject scheduled to be released this spring!!

Enjoying some mountain music while we wait for the IF4 to begin!!

Morning of Day 2 at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show! The Fly Fishers International booth is already buzzing with new tyers learning the fly tying basics! 

The Sisters On The Fly are showing one of their incredible, vintage travel trailers!

Legend Dave Whitlock demonstrating the tying techniques that go into his Vortex Divers.

Made a stop at the Mauser Fly Fishing booth to check out the new Arete line of trout rods! Their first rod line, The Waterman, was an incredible casting rod, so I have no doubt the Arete will be equally adept!! The guys at Mauser have some great plans for the near future, so it's definitely a brand to watch!!

The Unicoi Outfitters booth is always very popular!! They even had a raffle for a Nacoochee Bend self-guided trip!! Have you seen the fish from Nacoochee bend?!?!?

Catching James mid-donut and David tying up some bugs in the River Through Atlanta booth! These guys are the pros for fishing the Chattahoochee River and all of North Georgia!

Checking out the Santee Boats booth. Great looking skiffs with some awesome option packages and rigged to order! The full led light package is a great touch!

Bob Clouser demonstrating casting techniques on the casting pond!

Tyer's Row is always hotbed of activity!! 

The Seigler Reels booth has stayed very busy throughout the show. Have you seen their award winning line of big game fly reels?

The folks that protect this amazing urban fishery were hard at it signing up new members! 

Author Jim Mize read an excerpt from his book, A Creek Trickles Through It, after giving pro tips on making your catch seem larger in stories and photos! I may have to test a few of his techniques... I'm sure a lot of folks on Instagram already have!! 

Enjoyed a fascinating presentation on bonefishing the Bahamas with Oliver White. Go ahead and add this trip to the bucket list! 

My buddy Todd Arnold ( @615groundpounder ) spent the weekend on Tyer's Row tying up some mean looking Game Changers!