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History

Fish Facts: Lahontan Cutthroat

The Lahontan cutthroat trout captures the imagination of anglers everywhere, for two reasons. The first being that it's just incredible the fish even exists today (it's a true conservation miracle) and the second, of course, being that these things grow pretty damn big. Thankfully, you can get your Lahontan fix without the trip to Pyramid Lake in a recent...

Vintage Fly Fishing in Alaska

Continuing the theme of Throwback Thursday, I scoured up this old video about fly fishing in Alaska. It's a gem, because it shows us a glimpse into the Katmai area of the state, long before the issues that plague it were even considered. And, as the narrator says, it's rare for a cast in the Brooks River to not hook a fish. If you already didn't have enough...

Throwback Thursday: Minipi River Brook Trout

Old fishing stories are part of the lifeblood of this sport. I'm sure all of us can recall a few old stories from dad or grandpa, about lunker trout or bass in local streams and ponds which are now devoid of fish - or gone completely. Those stories always get me nostalgic for what fishing must have been like 50 or 60 years ago. And though I'll never know...

Podcast Episode: Paul Schullery on The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

In this recent episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, Tom Rosenbauer sits down with renowned historian, Paul Schullery. “You’ll learn that not many things are new in fly fishing,” says Rosenbauer. “Tenkara-style fishing was used in Europe hundreds of years ago. People were catching bass on a fly in Florida since revolutionary days. Euro...

The Harris Collection of Irish and English Fly Patterns

A two-part article in the Winter and Spring 2019 issues of The American Fly Fisher, the journal of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, explores the world’s oldest known artificial flies. The patterns date from the late 1700s and early 1800s and are part of the Harris Collection of Irish and English fly patterns at AMFF. Read more in the press release...

Video Hatch: “April Vokey's Journey”

In this film, April Vokey shares her experiences and research about North America’s fly fishing history. “I knew the past would surprise me, but it was the right now that ended me the most.” Via Vantage Point Media House. 

Video Hatch: “Legends of the Salt”

The American Museum of Fly Fishing catches up with saltwater fly anglers such as Flip Pallot, Chico Fernandez and Joan Wulff to record the history of saltwater fishing.

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.

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.

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.