Fishing is a lot like raising children: both require patience, superior breath-holding skills, and a pocketful of worms to entice cooperation. Catch your next meal with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a three-hour introduction to fly-fishing lesson from River Through Atlanta in Roswell (a $175 value).
River Through Atlanta acquaints aspiring anglers with the equipment, techniques, and aquatic ecology necessary to charm a big catch with its introductory fly-fishing lessons. Taught in the peaceful waters of the Chattahoochee River, classes are conducted using dummy flies instead of hooks, allowing students to focus on the demonstrations as they learn the intricacies of roll casting, vertical casting, 3/4 casting, and Hollywood typecasting. All necessary equipment is provided by the instructors, outfitting students with the required rods, nippers, and flies needed to attract a real-life trout instead of a shapely subaqueous stick.
From their waterside perspective, trolling adepts may glimpse white-tailed deer, osprey, otter, or mink frolicking in the more than 9,000 acres of protected parklands surrounding the Chattahoochee. River Through Atlanta owner Chris Scalley grew up near the Chattahoochee and knows the ins and outs of its ecosystem intimately, currently spending more than 200 days a year on the river's lush banks and the other 165 in a trout commune.
River Through Atlanta
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.