Category Archives: History

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians Opens

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians is now open in Cherokee, North Carolina. The museum features exhibits and videos to help visitors learn about the history of the sport in the Southeast. Read more in the press release … more

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Video Hatch: “2015 Heritage Award: Tom Brokaw Acceptance Speech”

The American Museum of Fly Fishing’s 2015 Heritage Award was given to Tom Brokaw. This video features Brokaw’s acceptance speech, which was rich in fishing anecdotes, at the recent Heritage Award dinner.

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Video Hatch: “Joe Brooks: The Father of Modern Fly Fishing”

Joe Brooks forever changed the sport of fly fishing, and this upcoming documentary tells the full story of his life.

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Early Fishing Text

A Benedictine breviary containing what are thought to be the earliest known fly pattern recipes was recently discovered by antiquarian bookseller, Maggs Bros. Ltd. of London. Read more and view a video of the manuscript via The Literary Fly Fisher.

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Call for Applicants: Fellowship at the National Sporting Library & Museum

The National Sporting Library & Museum is seeking applicants for its annual John H. Daniels Fellowship, which supports scholars with funding to research and the institution. Read more in the press release below.

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Stone Age Soles

The footprints of fishermen and their Stone Age fishing gear have been found in the dried up bed of an inlet on the island of Lolland in Denmark. Archeologists estimate they date from around 5,000 B.C. and they are working … more

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American Museum of Fly Fishing Putting New Exhibits Online

Cathi Comar, executive director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, informed us this week that the museum will be putting some new exhibits–including “A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” and their saltwater fly fishing … more

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Video Hatch: “Fly Tying Legend Jack Gartside, Forever a Boy”

Journalist Chuck Kraemer profiles fly tying legend Jack Gartside in this film from Greater Boston PBS.

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Reading Hemingway’s Fishing Logs

Along with a team of US researchers, John and Patrick Hemingway, grandsons of author Ernest Hemingway, are on a tour of Cuba to encourage closer ties between the two countries. They had hoped to gain access to Hemingway’s detailed  fishing … more

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Tom Karrow: “Ghost Stories”

A research initiative by veteran guide and instructor Tom Karrow aims to document the lives of pioneering bonefish guides of the Bahamas.  Karrow hopes to use their experience to design resource management plans for the islands. The project, “Ghost Stories,” will result … more

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