Since 1997, captain Cy Grajcar has trawled the rivers and lakes of northwest Georgia. Over that time, he has developed a specialty for hauling up striped, hybrid, and white bass from lakes and rivers where they congregate, even setting records for some the monsters that he's reeled in. As a guide, he invites clients aboard his trusty 22-foot Palm Beach Center Console where all fishing gear is provided and ferries them off to the spots on Lake Altoona, Carters Lake, and rivers throughout the region where he's found reliable success. On the water, Cy shares instruction for how to draw in fat, picture-worthy fish using sound baiting, casting, and reeling technique, as opposed to just dangling a slice of chocolate cake in the water.
A Roswell native, River Through Atlanta owner Chris Scalley grew up on the Chattahoochee River, which he proudly still calls home. It's not unusual for Chris to spend 200 days or more on the Hooch, as he and his affiliate guides constantly lead fly fishing instruction, boat trips, and wading trips on the river. Because of his lifetime of experience, Chris has accumulated a unique knowledge of the local ecology, behavior of the trout, and how frequently they vote on American Idol. Though he has fished at destination rivers all over the world, Chris still feels that the Hooch holds its own with regard to angling and aesthetics. To preserve these aesthetics, Chris led efforts to protect the Chattahoochee and its sport fishery, earning him recognition in 2007 as a Hero of Conservation in Field & Stream.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2 hours
Brands Used: Crescent and Emotion kayaks; Walker Bay 10 and Compac 16 for sail; Sunchaser 20 pontoon
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Lake Arrowhead - the mountain hideaway
Recommended Age Group: 25+
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
When I was in Vietnam with the US Army. For relaxation, special services provided sailboats for us to use. When I returned from overseas and started managing Sears stores, it was a great therapy to get out on the water.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Watching the faces of my customers change after a lesson or rental. They are so much more relaxed. It is like a mental massage for them. It is a great stress-buster to get out on the water.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Being part of a class and enjoying in the team-building fun.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
My dad was a naval commander. I was born in the Oakland Naval Yard. I built my first boat when I was 8 years old. My wife and I both hold a 50 ton US Coast Guard Sailing Captains License. We have spent 150 days in a 25-foot sailboat circumnavigating Florida. I love the peace being on the water brings.
For the guides of Lake and Stream Guide Service, days begin long before sunrise—at 3 a.m., an hour when even alarm clocks are tempted to hit the snooze button. That’s when they roll from their beds and trundle outside for the day’s fishing adventures. This dedication stems from a desire to help the anglers on their fishing day trips reel in trophy fish and lasting memories.
Once guides rise to greet the day, they meet up with patrons and set sail on the picturesque waters of Carters Lake, Blue Ridge Lake, or Lake Nottely, or along the frothy spumes of the Toccoa River. The guides provide all the gear and instruction anglers need to reel in hefty trout or fish such as stripers and hybrids that lurk in the clear, deep waters of Carters Lake.
Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club sprung from a man's vision of a place to live, explore, and play. And it wasn't a small dream. The grounds span more than 1,000 acres of the rolling hills that nestle up to the Chattahoochee River, where visitors paddle in open-top kayaks, cruise in hovercrafts, and swim. Water isn't sparse here: 16 lakes, ponds, and streams provide plenty of opportunities for fishing for bass and the Lochness Monster. Further catering to the sporting type, the grounds host hunting expeditions in search of quail, deer, and turkeys.
Beyond natural beauty, the resort also offers man-made resplendence. The sporting club hosts a range of activities at well-appointed facilities, which include bocce ball courts and an equestrian facility. And centrally located amid the Lunker Lake boathouse and swim and tennis center stand rustic, yet modern, fully furnished vacation homes, which accommodate guests with privacy while keeping them in the center of the action.
• For $14, you get one adult admission on Friday, September 23 (up to a $29 value). • For $40, you get one family admission—valid for two adults and two children—on Saturday, September 24 (up to an $80 value). • For $40, you get one family admission—valid for two adults and two children—on Sunday, September 25 (up to an $80 value).