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Clinics & Events

Our Clinics and Events set the
Stage for Your Fishing Adventure!

Clinics, events, and awesome people!

Take part in fun clinics and events designed especially for you to get the most our of your next fishing adventure. 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


AO Fall Fling!

Saturday October 14th, 11-4pm

This is our chance to say THANK YOU to YOU, our amazing customers.  Come join us for a great day of raffles, free swag, BBQ, Sweetwater brews, corn hole, and more!  We'll have appearances from some of our favorite vendors: Orvis, Scientific Angler, Yeti, Smith, and Shimano. Come one, come all!  This will be an event you don't want to miss. 

Bugs and Suds *FREE*

Tuesday October 17th, 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. 

Flyfishing 101 *FREE*
Thursday October 19th, 7- 9pm

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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Intro to Fly Tying Class ($25)

Saturday October 21st, 10-1:00pm

Have you ever wanted to get started in fly tying but didn’t know where to begin? Look no further. Alpharetta Outfitter’s Fly Tying 101 class, taught by expert tyer and fly tying author Steve Hudson, is the ideal place to start. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn essential basic tying skills and techniques in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. Along the way you’ll create several flies that you can use on the water in the future, and you’ll set the stage for what just might become a lifelong passion too! Tools, tying supplies and instructional materials are provided for use in the workshop. All you need to bring is excitement about learning something new…and of course a fly box in which to put the flies that you’ll be tying! Seats are limited sign up today! 
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UCCTU and AO Women's Intro to Fly Fishing *FREE*
Sunday October 22nd, 1-4pm


To all area women and girls (age 16+): This will be an exciting afternoon of fun and an opportunity to learn fly fishing basics -- learning the ABC's of what fly fishing is all about and to determine if the sport is something you'd like to pursue. The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Alpharetta Outfitters will be setting up several 'learning stations' at the Chattahoochee Nature Center's lakeside pavilion and all participants will circulate to each of the stations during the afternoon. 

We've patterned the day after our highly successful annual Rizzio Clinic which is designed to educate youth on the basics of fly fishing. Here's what you'll be experiencing:

River Conservation and Entomology -- the history of the Chattahoochee and why the river needs to be protected and preserved. Receive a short course on the river's 'bugs' that are imitated as 'flies' -- used to catch trout and other aquatic species. You'll also hear about and view a stream display model designed to show both a healthy river and one that's very polluted.

Knot Tying -- before you begin your fly fishing adventure you'll need to know the basic knots used to secure your fly to the tippet and tippet to the line and line to the backing. Sounds complicated? It really isn't. Come and learn the basic knots to get started fishing.

Fly Tying -- once you've mastered the fine art of fly fishing, you'll want to start tying your own flies. There's thousands of different fly patterns out there, but you really only need to know 10 or so to get out on the river and fish. It's a great hobby and a lot of fun.

Fly Casting -- work with certified instructors and fly fishing guides to learn the gentle art of fly casting.

Gear Selection -- we will have a tent set up and experts on hand to guide you in what gear you'll need to get out on the river. From waders to boots to vest and nippers the experts at AO will help you put together a great shopping list. Ask questions and learn from the pros.

We're also planning to have snacks and drinks on hand. Come out and enjoy a great afternoon.

Registration is easy. Just send an email to our event organizer Jim Owen at Let Jim know who's coming. Invite your friends and make it a fun day for all. Women and girls (age 16+) are invited to attend! This event will be held at Chattahoochee Nature Center.  Plan to arrive at 12:30pm so we can start promptly at 1pm. We'll have snacks and drinks available. The event will end at 4pm. 

Spinning for Trout Clinic *FREE*

Thursday November 9th, 7-9pm
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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 or visit