Category Archives: History

Kiss the Water

A newly released film featuring the life of Scottish fly tier Megan Boyd and her unlikely place in the history of the sport recently premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival. “Kiss the Water,” writes Arthur Ryel-Lindsey, is “ultimately an ode … more

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Earthquake on the Madison

High above the famed trout river, the Madison Range experienced a powerful earthquake on August 17, 1959, sending 80 million tons of dolomite crashing down through Forest Service campgrounds in into the Madison River. The dramatic landscape it left continues … more

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The Brown Trout: a Success Story

Introduced to the U.S. in the late 1800s, brown trout weren’t initially accepted as an appropriate catch for fly fishers. Called speckled carp back in the day, they now hold their own “as the ultimate articulated streamer charging predator,” writes … more

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From the Flats: Interview with Marshall Cutchin

Much has changed in Key West from the early days of McGuane, Harrison, and Buffett. Yet legends live on as they always will, through stories. Recently, MidCurrent’s own Marshall Cutchin was featured in an interview on The Bonefish Flat, covering … more

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Apte’s “One That Got Away”

Recently inducted to the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Stu Apte shares his best fishing story with Frank Sargeant on The Fishing Wire. “When you ask a legendary fisherman for his best fish … more

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History of Speycasting

Speycasting has a prestigious pedigree. But few probably recognize the name of Alexander Grant, who set the standard in the late nineteenth century. “By combining an unorthodox technical approach to tackle design and unquestionable ability as a caster, in his … more

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Video Hatch: “Seeking Steelhead”

This footage from an early-1900s Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau film features Brigadier General Noel Money fishing the Stamp River for the “fightingest fish that swims.”

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American Museum of Fly Fishing Launches New Web Site

The American Museum of Fly Fishing launched their new Web site last week, and beyond a much-improved interface and design it does a better job of highlighting the museum’s exhibitions, permanent collections, educational resources, and upcoming activities.

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Video Hatch: “The Ballad of Fly Rod Crosby”

Celebrating the life of Maine’s first guide, Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, a new 35-mile heritage trail is proposed in recognition of a her enthusiasm for and contributions to the sport of fly fishing.

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Video Hatch: “The Bamboo and Glass Battle”

In extra scenes from the documentary film The Lost World of Mr. Hardy, Jim Hardy, Ian Blagburn, George Ternent, and Ivor Davies, talk about what it once took for the Hardy Company to overcome the “old guard” and start manufacturing … more

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