We are dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of fly fishing. The American Museum of Fly Fishing was established in 1968 in Manchester, Vermont, by a group of passionate and enthusiastic anglers who believed that the history of angling was an important part of American culture and tradition. The Museum was created to serve as an institution to research, preserve, and interpret the treasures of angling history.

Today, the Museum serves as a repository for and conservator to the worlds largest collection of angling and angling-related items, numbering in the thousands. Our collections and exhibits thoroughly document the evolution of fly fishing as a sport, art form, craft, and industry in the United States and abroad, dating as far back as the sixteenth century. Rods, reels, flies, tackle, art, photographs, manuscripts, and books form the Museum’s permanent collection.

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the steward of the history, traditions, and practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, studies, and interprets the artifacts, art, and literature of the sport and, through a variety of outreach platforms, uses these resources to engage, educate, and benefit all.

The Museum fulfills this mission through our public programs (including exhibitions, gallery programs, lectures, special events, and presentations), our publications, and our quarterly journal, The American Fly Fisher.

 

The Museum’s Form 990 is available to the public upon request (2009 through 2015 are currently available). To obtain a copy, please contact sfoster@amff.org.

Publishing

In 1974, the Museum began to publish its quarterly journal, The American Fly Fisher. This award-winning publication is made available to the public and contains articles about the sport’s past, present, and future. Click Here For More

Accreditation

The Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1993 and received reaccreditation in 2009. The Museum is one of approximately 776 museums across the nation with this designation and one of only five in the state of Vermont.

Visitors & Membership

Visitors to the Museum can view in-house exhibits, participate in gallery programs, and make appointments to use the library or access the collections for research. Members of the Museum help support the Museum and its initiatives through membership dues and active involvement.

People With Purpose


A staff of dedicated professionals are always available to hear your comments! Please click on the name of the staff member you wish to contact in order to send them an email message.

Board Of Trustees


The Museum’s Board of Trustees is a group of passionate anglers who volunteer their time and their resources to ensure the strength and mission of the Museum.

  • Karen Kaplan President and Development Committee Chair
  • Andrew W. Ward Vice President and Nominating Committee Chair
  • Robert A. Oden, Jr. Vice President
  • Peter Bowden Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
  • James C. Woods Secretary 
  • Joe Odea Clerk
  • Foster Bam
  • Jane S. Cooke (Conservation Committee Chair)
  • Deborah Pratt Dawson
  • E. Bruce DiDonato
  • Ronald Gard
  • Alan Gnann
  • Gardner L. Grant, Jr.
  • James Hardman (Emeritus)
  • James D. Heckman, MD (Journal Committee Chair)
  • Art Kaemmer, MD
  • Woods King III
  • William P. Leary III
  • David Ledlie (Emeritus)
  • James Lepage
  • Anthony J. Magardino
  • Christopher P. Mahan
  • Leon Martuch (Emeritus)
  • Walter T. Matia (Collections and Exhibits Committee Chair)
  • David Nichols
  • Erik R. Oken
  • Annie Perkins
  • Leigh H. Perkins
  • Frederick S. Polhemus (Marketing Committee Chair)
  • John Redpath
  • Roger Riccardi
  • Paul Schullery (Emeritus) 
  • Franklin D. Schurz Jr.
  • Robert G. Scott
  • Nicholas F. Selch
  • Warren Stern
  • Ronald Stuckey
  • Tyler S. Thompson
  • Richard G. Tisch
  • David H. Walsh
  • Thomas Weber
  • Frankie Wolfson
  • Nancy W. Zakon
  • Martin Zimmerman

Council Members


The Council program was created to acknowledge the generosity of our donors and contributors who play a leading role in supporting our mission. This is a growing group of Museum friends whose philanthropic commitment deserves recognition and access to unique offerings like private fishing outings, luncheons, complimentary event tickets, and much more. Annual support is critical to the success of the Museum and allows us to continue moving forward with our many exciting projects and initiatives. Building a community and comradery is equally important, and this program has allowed us to do just that.

Director's Council:
  • Salvatore Campofranco
  • Anthony Davino
  • Hugh Frater
  • Alan and Linda Gnann
  • Alan Guarino
  • Tim Hixon
  • Joan Kelleher
  • Bill and Francesca Leary
  • Rich and Lorraine McGinn
  • Rod and Christine Patton
  • Joseph Perella
  • Matthew and Kerry Scott
  • Andrew Tucker
  • Ted Turner
  • Paul and Anke Volcker
  • David Whitney
  • Daniel Ziff
Museum Council:
  • Dave Beveridge
  • Alex de LaTour
  • Charles Patrick  Durkin
  • Tom and Tanya Evans
  • Ezra Field
  • Mike Finley
  • Anne Lovett and SteveWoodsum
  • Christopher Mahan
  • Brad and Pamela Mills
  • Wayne Nordberg
  • Robert and Teresa Oden
  • Erik and Jennifer Oken
  • John and Katya Redpath
  • Franklin Schurz Jr.
  • Nick and Jean Selch
  • Warren and Susan Stern
  • Ronald and Joan Stuckey
  • The Moore Charitable Trust
  • The Orvis Company
  • Paul Van Cura
  • Andrew and Elizabeth Ward
  • Tom and Corinne Weber
  • Kendrick Wilson III
  • Frankie Wolfson
President's Council:
  • Pete Bakwin
  • Michael Bakwin
  • Foster Bam and Sallie Baldwin
  • Peter and Mary Talley Bowden
  • Dayton Carr
  • Mark Comora
  • Deborah and Jon Dawson
  • Gary and Sulu Grant
  • Karen Kaplan
  • Art and Martha Kaemmer
  • Woods and Wendy King
  • Gerold  Klauer
  • Leigh and Annie Perkins
  • Robert L.W. McGraw and Black Rock Foundation
  • David and Meg Nichols
  • Jennifer Prosek
  • Robert  and Karen Scott
  • Richard and Marye Tisch
  • Tyler and Frances Thompson
  • Paul Volcker
  • Nancy and Alan Zakon

Anglers Circle


The American Museum of Fly Fishing established the Anglers' Circle (formerly known as the Junior Committee) in October 2012 to raise awareness of the AMFF and its mission to individuals in their 20s, 30s, and 40's through a variety of outreach projects. The AC is a diverse group of young professionals and fly-fishing enthusiasts from around the country, and all are united by a desire to support the Museum through their outreach and fundraising efforts.

Purchase Anglers Circle Membership ( $250 Level )

Management Committee

  • Parker Corbin
  • Bailey Hallingby
  • Woods King IV, Co-Chair
  • Alexander Kinsey
  • John Neukom
  • Albert Nichols
  • David E. Nichols Jr.
  • Jason M. Scott, Co-Chair

General Members

  • Amanda Kinsey
  • Michael Aguero
  • Newell Grant
  • Ben Carmichael
  • Josh McBeain
  • Christopher Davis
  • Dickson Whitney III

Advisors

  • Alexandra Lovett-Woodsum
  • Simon Perkins
  • James Prosek
  • Jeff Yates

Fly Fishing and Conservation Alliances


Our Partners and Supporters


Opportunities


Jobs

There are no jobs available at this time.

Volunteer

One of our greatest resources is our group of dedicated volunteers who help us with administrative tasks, special projects, events, and activities. You don’t have to have fly fishing knowledge or experience to volunteer your time and skills!  All that's needed is an appreciation of history, a desire to learn and willingness to contribute to the community.

  • Fly Tying Demonstrators
  • Presenters and Lecturers
  • Casting Workshops
  • Boat Building Demonstrators
  • Membership and Events Mailings
  • Collections Housing Collections and Library Cataloguers
  • Exhibition Installers
  • Gallery Greeters
  • Much More!
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Internships

Projects are available year round and can be developed to meet any schedule or curriculum requirements. These internships are flexible and can be arranged to accommodate the intern’s schedule, school, and time requirements.  This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated student to work and communicate with staff, volunteers, members, and the community.

Projects can focus on:

  • Event Planning
  • Database Management
  • Marketing Campaigns
  • Maintaining library files, donations, and information
  • Researching authors
  • Collections, Research Files, and Archival Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Exhibitions research & installations
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