In the shadow of a development that promises to bring Rodeo Drive to Atlanta, The Fish Hawk fly shop could be described as an oasis, says Geoff Mueller.
Owner Gary Merriman, creator of the tarpon toad, opened the shop in 1974 rather than attend school, and has not looked back since. Even if the neighborhood is a bit puzzling, the area is not says, MidCurrent featured artist Paul Puckett, part-time artist, part-time musician, and part-time shop rat. “You can be in the Smoky Mountain National Park in two hours, or in Savannah chasing Redfish in three-and-a-half. Do you want to fish the Chattahoochee for stripers today, or catch some 20-inch rainbows on the Toccoa River two hours from here?”