River Through Atlanta Guides, GA

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Services in Roswell, Georgia

River Through Atlanta Guides, GA


In business since 1994, River Through Atlanta Guide Service offers guided drift boat and wade excursions for brown and rainbow trout through 48 miles of designated trout water with 10,000 linear acres of National Park lands. Flora and fauna abound, with sighting of bald eagles, great blue herons, white-tailed deer, mink, otters, and much more. The waters we fish show documented natural reproduction of brown and rainbow trout, and offer seasonal angling opportunities for shoal and striped bass, as well as carp, during summer and fall on the lower reaches of the river. Our latitude makes for both a mild summer and winter with year-round fishing opportunities.

Date Range

We fly fish year-round and there is no closed fishing season on the Chattahoochee.

What is Provided to Customer

We provide all fly-fishing gear, except waders and rain gear.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

The Chattahoochee is a classic southern tailwater trout fishery, with 48 miles of designated trout waters and trophy regulations. The annual average water temperature from Buford Dam is 55 degrees. Many people do not realize Buford Dam is 1,071 feet above sea level, with over 125 feet of relief in the stream bed for 48 river miles, mixed with shoals and gravel bars with average depths of 5 feet. The minimum flow is 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and maximum flow is 10,000 cfs; the average streambed width is 150 feet. The river offers prolific mayfly, caddis, and stonefly hatches.

Typical Weather by Season

We have mild summers and winters. Atlanta is the second-highest major city in elevation, next to Denver, at 1,025 feet above sea level. We experience all four seasons with an ideal climate for year-round outdoor activities.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

We offer full- (8 hours) and half-day (4 hours) guided wade or drift boat trips, catered shore lunches with Boars Head deli meats and cheeses, beginner fly-fishing classes, and advanced on-stream fly-fishing instruction.


Species You Fish for by Season

We fish for trout year-round and, in the summers and fall, we target carp, stripers, and shoal bass.


What Should Customers Bring?

Clients should bring a Georgia fishing license, rain gear, chest waders (optional), and sunscreen.


Frequently Asked Questions

Gratuities are not included in the price, nor are pick-up and drop off fees to shuttle from the subway via Hartsfield Airport. We are located about a one-hour drive from airport.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 3 reviews


3 of 3 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great Trip - 11/27/2014
    By: from Georgia

    We went out with John Scalley in November 2014 hoping to catch some good sized brown trout and learn a few things as we've been fly fishing less than a year. John took us up the Hooch in his jet powered drift boat for a full day float. Hat a couple of strikes on streamers (one nice rainbow snapped my leader) but they were hitting nymphs better. We caught about 12 fish total including an 18 inch wild brown that my son caught. My biggest was about a 14 inch rainbow. It was a great day and we learned how to fish with nymphs. John is a great guide and provided great coaching throughout the day. Highly recommended.

  • 5/5

    Great Guide - 8/6/2013
    By: from Sandy Springs, GA

    A friend and mine, Brandon and I tried fly fishing for the first time in July 2013 on a saturday with our guide Chris Scalley. Chris taught us the the beginning technique to fly fishing so that we have a good foundation to work with. Within 15 minutes we started catching rainbow trout. By the time we finished up, we both caught around 7 to 8 fish each which was awesome. I am already looking to buy my first rod and reel and get out there again. - Thanks Chris.

  • 5/5

    Fantastic Day - 3/25/2013
    By: from Chattahoochee River, Alpharetta, GA 30022, USA

    I did a day trip in March with guide John Scalley on the "Hootch" in one of their drift boats equipped with a jet. We were on the water for 9 hours and did not see another person. We did see a ton of wildlife (including a heard of deer crossing the river) and trout. If you didn’t know better you would guess we were on a river out west not in metro Atlanta. John has 30 years of experience on this river and is a full time, year round guide. I started the trip as a novice fly fisherman and now have the confidence and knowledge of this tail water of an intermediate. John would be equally suited to guide an expert. The equipment and company was outstanding and I am planning another trip with him this spring. Oh yeah, did I mention the fishing was great.

River Through Atlanta Guide Service
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Services
Christopher Scalley
710 Riverside Rd
Roswell, GA 30075

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