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Clinics & Events

Our Free Clinics and Events set the
Stage for Outdoor Adventure

Clinics, events, and awesome people!

Take part in fun clinics and events designed especially for your outdoor way of life. Join us regularly for hands-on, educational clinics in-shop, and join us in the Alpharetta community as we sponsor local events. All of our informative clinics are held at our downtown Alpharetta location.

You will find our upcoming clinic and event dates and times listed below! Feel free to call our shop at 678-762-0027 with any questions about a clinic or event.



Upcoming Schedule - 2017

Flyfishing 101 *FREE*
TBD @7pm  
Have you ever thought about trying your hand at flyfishing but didn't know where to begin? Our popular Flyfishing 101 clinic is the perfect opportunity to learn about this exciting and enjoyable sport! In this free two-hour clinic, you'll explore the basics of flyfishing:

* What is fly fishing?
* How do I cast a fly rod?
* What kind of gear will I need?
* What about flies...which ones do I need?
* Will I need waders and other accessories?
* Where can I fish, and what will I catch?
 

This clinic is presented by noted fly fishing teacher and author Steve Hudson. Steve has led fly fishing clinics from Alaska to Florida and has taught hundreds of people the art of fly fishing. He's also the author of more than 20 books, including the acclaimed "101" series of introductory fly fishing guides. 
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Spey Casting Instruction w/Capt. John McCloskey
Learn to throw the sexy loops only a two hand rod can create! Whether it is in preparation for your steelhead trip this fall, you want to round out your trout bum resume, or your interested in the applications of swung flies in our southern streams this class will get you casting a 7wt spey. John McCloskey will be providing instruction for this class, it promises to be an incredible experience. 
Individual Full Day Instruction - $400 

 

AO Bugs and Suds + Sage Happy Hour! *FREE*

Thursday-April 20th, 6-8pm 
This event is our typical Bugs and Suds tying gathering with some extra flavor!  This month Sage Fly Fishing is in the house ... well Fly Shop and they call these evening stops Happy Hours. We provide, beer, finger food, demo rods, casting games, and give a presentation on the special sauce put into every Sage rod handcrafted on Bainbridge Island. Factory personnel is on hand to talk about your perfect setup and answer any questions you might have.  Come one come all! No reservation required.

 

Sage "On The Water Tour" *FREE*
Saturday-April 22nd, 10-3pm at Tammen Park
Nestled on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the cold waters of the Toccoa River cut through the town of Blue Ridge. Cold, clean water keeps the fishing consistent and the Toccoa lends itself well to a variety of techniques from dries, to streamers, to nymph fishing. It is this variety of bugs and fishing techniques that make this a great destination for the surrounding areas. The Sage Van will be parked below the damn at Tammen Park with a host of rods, casting games, and good times in store for those in attendance. Don't miss out on the top level instructors that will be in attendance demonstrating the basics and beyond. See you on the water.

 

"Spey Week" Spey Casting Instruction April 22-23rd ($1095-includes spey setup!)
 w/Capt. John McCloskey
Imagine National Geographic Shark Week, but 512x more exhilarating.  This class is an extended take on our full day spey instruction but allows you to better hone your two hand casting skills while providing you with your very own 7wt spey combo (Redington Chromer/Sage 3210) to take home!  Limited spaces available so call the shop today or reserve your spot online!
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GA Brook Trout Clinic *FREE*
Tuesday-April 25th, @7pm
For many fly fishers, Georgia's native brook trout represent the ultimate angling goal. Landing one of these spectacularly beautiful fish (which have been called "jewels with fins") is something you don't ever forget. 

Georgia's wild brook trout favor the pristine water conditions often found only in higher elevation streams. Simply locating and accessing potential brook trout water can be half the fun, and this program will start with a look at the how and why of figuring out where brookies might live.

Next, we will learn about the tactics and flies you'll want to use as you pursue these spectacular fish. Doing it right can make all the difference when it comes to fishing for brook trout with a flyrod!

Finally, we will consider some specific areas that you may want to look at when you set out on your own quest for these incredible fish. Yes, they can be challenging to find...but finding them just might be a lot easier than you think!  Georgia's native brook trout really are a treasure. Join us for this special presentation and discover how to get in on the excitement yourself!

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AO Bugs and Suds!
Thursday-May 18th, 6-8pm 
Bugs and Suds is a gathering of tiers sitting down to tie flies, swap stories, and enjoy a cold beverage. Bring your vice, tools, and tying materials and we'll provide the rest. This months event will be hosted at the shop. Come one come all! No reservation required. 
 

 

Interest in Future Euro-Nymphing Clinics ($100)   
TBD, 8-11am @Buford Dam 
These 3 hour on water clinics with Stephen Tomasovich and Gordon Vanderpool are offered for the angler with and without former experience in the technique.  The "Beginning Euro-Nymphing" clinic will go over when and where to use the technique, proper equipment, rigging and leader set ups,  fly patterns, and provide on the water training.  By the end of this clinic each participant should be able to apply this technique on future fishing trips.  Some rods will be available but participants should bring their own.  We will provide a basic nymphing leader with built in sighter.  The "Advanced Euro-Nymphing" clinic is for the angler with experience in the technique who wants to up his or her game.  High level leader set up and advanced casting and line management skills will be demonstrated and taught on the water.  Anglers signing up for this class should have appropriate gear.
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Steve HudsonSteve Hudson
Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Instructor

Steve Hudson has been fly fishing for more than four decades. An award-winning journalist, he's written extensively about fly fishing and fly tying. He is the author of many books and creator of several best-selling tying kits. All of Steve's products can be found here. To contact Steve directly, you can email him at info@chattahoocheemedia.com or visit ChattahoocheeMedia.com.