A Beginner’s Guide to Bamboo Fly Rods


Charles F. Orvis began building fly rods in 1850 and launched his commercial enterprise six years later.
Photo via orvis.com

Although the bamboo fly rod fell out of favor in the 1950s—as a result of an embargo against products from China, which limited the availability of the raw materials, and the introduction of. . .

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Classic Fly-Fishing History: A Letter from Charles F. Orvis


A 1912 letter from Orvis founder Charles F. Orvis to a customer in Michigan.
Images courtesy Bob Lyngos, George N. Fletcher Public Library

When a company has been around for more than 150 years, there’s a ton of historical documentation floating around, but it’s always exciting when a connection to the past seems to. . .

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Museum Pieces: The Sun and Planet Reel


P.D. Malloch’s innovation was in creating a reel whose knob could be used as a brake.
Photo courtesy AMFF

Peter Duncan Malloch (1853-1921) was born in Almondbank in Methven Parish, Perthshire, on July 15, 1852. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a bleach worker until 1872, when he. . .

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Museum Pieces: Oh, The Horror!

Written by: Peter Nardini, American Museum of Fly Fishing


The Horror was the precursor to many of today’s most famous and productive bonefish flies.
Photos courtesy AMFF

The Director of the Bermuda Fishing Information Bureau, Pete Perinchief, designed The Horror pattern in the 1950s after a frustrating trip to the Florida Keys with Joe and Mary. . .

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