Tag Archives: fly-fishing history

Museum Pieces: Anglers-in-Chief

Written by: Peter Nardini, American Museum of Fly Fishing


President Eisenhower launches a cast on a mountain pond.
Photo courtesy AMFF

In honor of Presidents Day, we are featuring some of our most important fly-fishing Presidents. Because the Presidents took longer time off, sometimes up to three months, the opportunity. . .

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Museum Pieces: A Fly-Fishing Icon’s First Reel


Written by: Phil Monahan

Lefty Kreh improved his line drag by cutting a thumb insert in his first fly reel, this Pflueger Medalist.
Photo by Sara Wilcox

In the photo above, you can see Lefty Kreh’s very first fly reel, purchased in 1947, the year Lefty discovered fly fishing while guiding legendary angler Joe Brooks. Here’s the story as he told it in. . .

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Video: Trailer for a New Documentary About Joe Brooks


Written by: Phil Monahan

Joe Brooks (right) and the legendary Florida guide Jimmie Albright.

Way back in 2014, we posted the teaser for an upcoming documentary about the legendary angler and writer Joe Brooks, featuring parts of his story that have never been told. Finally, here’s a . . .

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Museum Pieces: Thaddeus Norris, the “Father of American Fly Fishing”

Written by: Peter Nardini, American Museum of Fly Fishing


Thaddeus Norris was known as “Uncle Thad” to his legion of angling fans.
Photo courtesy AMFF

Once described by Arnold Gingrich as “the American Walton,” Thaddeus Norris (1811-1877) is considered one of the founding fathers of American fly fishing. He was among the first to. . .

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Personal History: Birth of an Angler in Colorado

Written by: Gordon M. Wickstrom


Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado, just a few years before this story takes place.

It was after morning recess in Mrs. Winter’s sixth-grade class at Mapleton School in Boulder, Colorado. I remember the moment precisely, when the boy behind me, right in the middle of . . .

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Bombshell Article Reveals Fly-Fishing Text Older than the Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Haslinger Breviary codex
Photo courtesy of Maggs Bros. Ltd., London, via amff.org

One of the few things that almost every fly fisher knows is that the sport’s first appearance in print was the Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle, which may have been (but probably wasn’t) . . .

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Two Turtle Doves


Written by: Phil Monahan

The 400-year-old “temple” is set on a lovely piece of property along the River Dove.
Photo Photo via dailymail.co.uk

The famed stone temple on the River Dove, where Izaak Walton and his friend James Cotton spent many an hour, has been put on the market. Walton was nearly 80 years old in 1674, when Cotton had the “cottage” built on. . .

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