Yes, a high quality trout fishery does run through Atlanta!
In fact, there are 48 river miles of designated trout water with over 9,000 acres of protected park lands managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service. The cool waters released from the depths of Lake Sidney Lanier at Buford dam provide an ideal environment for trout and other wildlife species. The flora and fauna abound along the river with frequent sightings of white tail deer, osprey, beaver, otter, muskrat, mink, raccoons and much more. In the Fall of 2003 Charlie Ford landed the new state record brown trout which weighed over 18lbs. and rainbows in the 16 to 20 inch range are not uncommon!
Chris Scalley, the owner of River Through Atlanta, grew up on the Chattahoochee River and brings his passion for the river and the trout to his clients. Spending over 200 days a year on the ‘Hooch, gives Chris an unsurpassed knowledge of the river’s ecosystem and the behavior of the trout that inhabit it. No matter the time of year, Chris and his affiliate guides are ready to share the most efficient tactics for catching fish for their clients. Even if you’re new to the sport of fly fishing, his expert guides can have you casting and presenting flies with proficiency by the day’s end.
The close proximity to the city of Atlanta provides an ideal getaway for the angler while on business travel to the Atlanta area. Book a trip during the weekdays and have the river almost to yourself!
My husband and I are at VERY different skill levels, and Chris with River Through Atlanta was able to give both of us professional and and thorough instruction on the same trip, without shorting either of us at all. He is extremely knowledgeable about the 'Hooch and the sport of fly fishing. He worked with us beforehand as we had to reschedule several times, and was very enjoyable to be on the river with. Would definitely recommend!!
"Fish, I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends."