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
  • James C. Woods Secretary 
  • Foster Bam
  • Peter Bowden
  • Jane S. Cooke (Conservation Committee Chair)
  • Deborah Pratt Dawson
  • E. Bruce DiDonato
  • Ronald Gard
  • Gardner L. Grant, Jr.
  • James D. Heckman, MD (Journal Committee Chair)
  • Art Kaemmer, MD
  • Woods King III
  • William P. Leary III
  • James Lepage
  • Anthony J. Magardino
  • Christopher P. Mahan
  • Walter T. Matia (Collections and Exhibits Committee Chair)
  • William McMaster, MD
  • David Nichols
  • Robert A. Oden Jr.
  • Erik R. Oken
  • Annie Perkins
  • Leigh H. Perkins
  • Frederick S. Polhemus (Marketing Committee Chair)
  • John Redpath
  • Roger Riccardi
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Josh Alexander
  • Stu Apte
  • Elizabeth and Gregg Beldock
  • Robert and Debbie Brucker
  • Sal Campofranco
  • Dayton Carr
  • Peter and Lillian Corbin
  • Anthony Davino
  • Charles Patrick Durkin Jr.
  • Tom Evans
  • Jon Fisher
  • Jon Gibson
  • Alan and Linda Gnann
  • Alan Guarino
  • Philip Hansteen
  • James and Susan Heckman
  • Harry E. Hill
  • Tim Hixon
  • Charlie Kaplan
  • Joan and Herb Kelleher
  • Gerold Klauer
  • Carmine Lisella
  • Anne Lovett and Steve Woodsum
  • Walter and Pam Matia
  • Richard and Lorraine McGinn
  • Joseph R. Perella
  • Jack Pittard
  • Matthew and Kerry Scott
  • South Holston River Lodge
  • George Van Hook
  • Charles Walton
  • Pat Welsh
  • Ken Wilson
  • James Wolfensohn
Museum Council:
  • Will Andersen
  • William E. Andersen
  • Bill Ayers
  • Louis Bacon
  • Michael Bakwin
  • Dick Beattie
  • Dave Beveridge
  • Peter Bowden
  • Tom Davidson
  • W. Bruce and Denise DiDonato
  • Chris Dorsey
  • Ezra Field
  • David Ford
  • George and Beth Gibson
  • Tim Grell
  • Jim Head
  • Paul Tudor Jones
  • Arthur and Martha Kaemmer
  • Woods and Wendy King III
  • Bill and Francesca Leary
  • Christopher Mahan
  • William and Lynn McMaster
  • Peter and Sarah Millett
  • Robert and Teresa Oden Jr.
  • Erik and Jennifer Oken
  • Henry M. Paulson Jr.
  • Stephen and Roberta Peet
  • John Redpath
  • Franklin Schurz Jr.
  • Warren Stern
  • Ronald and Joan Stuckey
  • Tyler and Francis Thompson
  • Andrew and Elizabeth Ward
  • Tom Weber
  • Larry Wright
President's Council:
  • E.M. Bakwin
  • Foster Bam and Sallie Baldwin
  • Austin and Meg Buck
  • Mark Comora
  • Jane Cooke
  • Jon and Deborah Pratt Dawson
  • Gardner Grant Jr.
  • Summerfield Johnston
  • Karen Kaplan
  • Peter Kellogg
  • Robert Kleinschmidt
  • George Matelich
  • Robin McGraw
  • Bradford and Pamela Mills
  • David and Margaret Nichols
  • The Orvis Company
  • Leigh and Anne Perkins
  • Eric and M.C. Roberts
  • Robert and Karen Scott
  • Nicholas and Jean Selch
  • Richard G. and Marye Tisch
  • Ted Turner
  • Paul Volcker
  • David and Jade Walsh
  • Alan and Nancy Zakon
  • Laurie Zimmerman

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.
  • Ben Pastor
  • Jason M. Scott, Co-Chair

General Members

  • Amanda Kinsey
  • Joe Predham
  • 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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