January and February is show season for many industries because winter is a slower time that allows venders to show off the latest and greatest products for their upcoming year. The Atlanta Fly Fishing show is no different as many industry leaders make their way south. The show is not limited to large vendors but many smaller retailers and outfitters attend the show as well. The Georgia fly fishing community is very small in comparison to other areas of the country, so the show feels more like a family reunion than just an industry convention.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

Family Portrait.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

Keeping it together isn’t the crews strongest suit.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

The show is a good time for shop guys and guides to catch up on what’s happening on the water. Jason is a Toccoa and Soque guy while Wes is all about Tennessee water for those muskies.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

Jeff is unofficially known as the Mayor of Alpharetta with his vast social connections, so he always draws a big crowd.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

The show is a great time to learn about upcoming destination trips that the shop has planned as well as local events or opportunities to volunteer in the community.

 

One of the biggest draws of the show is the incredible deals many vendors run. This time of the year stores are making room for 2020 product so that means 2019 product needs to go home with you.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

People at shows are usually in a buying mood but it never hurts to give some incentives.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

Lots of deals like this at the show!

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

The deals kept coming. Just about everything we brought to the show was on sale. Even high end Simms and various rods were marked down.

 

Abel reels have always been a shop favorite with their rich history, stunning quality, and innovative designs. This year Abel flew in one of their artist from California to demonstrate how each of their custom reels are hand painted

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

The reels are painted when the metal spools are still “raw.” The metal absorbs everything that comes into contact so that’s why she wears gloves and holds the reel with a pair of metal tweezers during the process.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

Tools of the trade are Q-tips, kitchen sponges, tweezers, and special dyes.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

For the most part all the art you see is hand painted. Some laser cuts are made initially  on fish scales because the details are so fine. The artists then come back and hand-paint the tiny details to make them pop.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

The brookie pattern is a hot seller in our area. The coating and dyes on the reel are surprisingly durable, so you can feel confident in this investment. Because the metal absorbs the dye it will never chip off like paint.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

The ACDC Abel is an extremely difficult reel to find as the man hours needed to create it are high. The smoke on the bottom is the hardest part to produce. There are only limited numbers of this made because of their complexity, very similar to prints by a print-maker or painter.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

As mentioned before, the bulk of the reels are hand painted but there are some details like the veins within the tarpon’s scales that are done by a laser etching them in.

 

Bowman’s Guide Service shared our booth so we always had a full house! While Daniel specializes in big streamers on the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge, his main two guides are jacks of all trades. Kyle and Jason float everything from the Toccoa to the Chattahoochee while also squeezing in some wade trips on private trophy water sections with ease. Bowman is a solid member of the community and brother’s we will always refer clients to for quality experiences and long-lasting instruction.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

Kyle and Daniel chatting about some past trips and what the future holds.

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

Blue Truck Outdoors with the fresh caps for Bowman Guide Service. This model is the team’s favorite as Kyle has nick-named it the “I’m 40 and done trying hat.”

 

Atlanta Fly Fishing Show

Besides the fresh hats, Daniel got some new stickers to pass out.

 

After a long two days the team had to pack up shop and head back to Alpharetta. Bowman’s boys will be back on the water this week while Wes, Nathan, and Jeff will be back in the shop.

As a winter special Bowman’s Guide Service is running a discount on all guided trips through the month of February.  Reach out to Bowman’s Guide Services to book a trip before the month is over!

With Spring coming up soon we are sponsoring a host of events at the shop this month! The bulk of these events are free so you have nothing to loose by coming down. Check out our Clinics and Events page for up to date information.

The Striper Open is also coming up! It’s March 14th-15th on Lake Lanier. Check out the main website Striper Open Registration for more information.