Category Archives: History

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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First 100-pound Tarpon On Fly

Sixty years ago, the thought of catching a 100-pound tarpon on fly tackle was considered a supreme challenge for even the most experienced anglers. Today, fly fishermen who regularly chase the silver king aim for fish closer to 200 pounds … more

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“Michelangelo’s Tarpon”

Norman Duncan explores the notion that one of the world’s greatest painters may have used a tarpon as the model for his depiction of what is perhaps the most famous “fish” in religious history. “In October 2011 I walked into the Sistine Chapel … more

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Merwin on Fly Fishing for Muskie

There’s nothing new about fly fishing for muskie, as MidCurrent editorial board member and Field & Stream editor-at-large John Merwin proves with a 1925 photo of a man catching a rather large specimen with a bamboo rod.   “Each new … more

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Google Book of the Day: Fly Fishing with Nobility

When Sir Edward Grey, Viscount Grey of Fallodon wrote Fly Fishing in 1899 his objectives included explaining “how it is that we who are anglers congratulate ourselves upon having one of the best and most wonderful recreations that have ever been … more

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Tippets: “Respective Skills,” West Yellowstone Conclave, “Rivers of a Lost Coast” Review

“In fly fishing, as in sex, the truth about respective skills cannot be hidden.” Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave returns to West Yellowstone August 31. John Soltes reviews “Rivers of a Lost Coast” for Hollywood Soapbox, calling it enthralling but …

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Quotes of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

It’s the birthday of Henry David Thoreau, whose 19th-century meditations on living the simple life altered American culture forever.  Amongst his many quotable sentences is this: “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not … more

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Podcast: Rosenbauer’s “Quick Fly-Fishing History Lesson”

Tom offers a couple of casting tips and advice on fishing crowded trout streams and detecting nymph strikes before delving into fly-fishing history (“in a nutshell”). “These early fly fishers used really long, limber rods and just a leader.  There … more

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