Museum Pieces: An H.L. Leonard Reel to Covet

Written by: Peter Nardini, American Museum of Fly Fishing


This reel would still look great on the water today.
Photos by Sara Wilcox

Editor’s note: The American Museum of Fly Fishing is located right next to the Orvis Flagship store in Manchester, Vermont. The folks from the museum will be sharing many of the cool items from their collection in an ongoing series called “Museum Pieces.” You can take a little virtual walk through part of the museum at the bottom of this post.

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Gordon M. Wickstom
April 26, 1926—September 18, 2014
Photo via Boulder Flycasters

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Video: Ike and Dick Go Fly Fishing


Ike without Nixon tagging along.

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