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History

Catskill Museum Gets a Redo

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, located in Livingston Manor, NY, is getting work done, according to The River Reporter. The main goal of the work is to expand the museum to include more of the history and artifacts that are currently just gathering dust. Read the entirety of the story here.

Collectors Help Preserve the Past

I'm a big fan of vintage fly gear. I own a fair number of old graphite rods, bamboo, and classic reels. A few years back, I even picked up an early-70s Hardy Princess at a pawn shop for $40. So when I saw this story from Steve Woit in Hatch Magazine, I knew I had to run it. Woit takes readers on a journey through a variety of fly fishing collectors...

Throwback Thursday: Gadabout Gaddis Fishing in Maine

The old classic film Fishing USA was released in 1969, starring a fellow by the name of Gadabout Gaddis. With a name like that, you're sort of destined for the hallowed halls of fishing fame, aren't you? This is a clip from that Fishing USA, where Gadabout flies through wild Maine in search of brook trout and salmon. Take a look at the old fiberglass...

Mary Orvis Marbury - A Fly Fishing Legend

If I asked you to tell me what Mary Orvis Marbury did for the fly fishing community, could you answer? I couldn't, when I first came across her name. I reckon most anglers can't. But she's someone you absolutely need to know about. Mary's contributions to fly fishing are varied, but perhaps her greatest achievement was creating a classification system for...

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.