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The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the acknowledged steward of angling history. We capture the thrill of fly fishing and document the evolution of fly fishing as an art form, craft, and industry through our groundbreaking exhibitions and programs. We bring the serenity of the river, the adventurous spirit of fly fishing, the legends and heroes of the sport – all of this – we bring to YOU to discover at our Museum in Manchester, Vermont and online through our website. Donate now and help the Museum continue to present and expand its enriching exhibitions and programs for fly fishers and fly-fishing enthusiasts worldwide. We thank you for joining our family of generous supporters from around the world.

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The Digital Initiative

The Museum is embarking on a new initiative to expand our use of digital technology to improve our outreach and expand our audience. As the stewards of fly fishing history it is critical that we present the artifacts, art, and literature in our collection in a digital format that resonates with our long distance audience and a new generation of fly anglers. Over the past several years, the Museum has undertaken steps to improve our use of digital technology to accomplish different objectives. One significant part of the Museum that has yet to be made available through digital technology is our world-renowned collection. Currently we post collection images on our website and share images with the other online sources, but, in today’s world, images are just not enough.

To improve and expand access to our collection, the Museum plans to implement software to electronically curate its collection and make information available online to researchers, scholars, students, and anyone interested in learning about the artifacts that represent the history of fly fishing. This will also help the staff manage the collection in-house by attaching pictures, historical descriptions, measurements, condition, and other data in one spot. As the world changes and information is quick and easy to access, we recognize the significance of enhancing access to the Museum collections via digital cataloging. To sustain and enrich AMFF’s exhibits and program mission going forward we must create modern remote access capabilities which will allow our message to be carried away from the Museum site in Manchester and make it available globally. Digitizing the collection will become the most important engine that drives our vision to preserve and present our collections to a larger audience.


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The Conservation Archives

To fulfill our conservation mission we have formed alliances with conservation organizations that work to preserve our freshwater and saltwater environments and fisheries, including American Rivers, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Battenkill Watershed Alliance, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and Trout Unlimited. The inaugural Deborah Pratt Dawson Conservation Symposium, took place in March 2015 with presentations given on current conservation efforts. We are also working to create a Conservation Research Center at the Museum, which would allow researchers to access project information either onsite or online. AMFF intends to become the repository of conservation history and to make this history available to the public.


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On Fly in the Salt: American Fly Fishing History from the Surf to the Flats

With the assistance of Outdoor Life retired fishing editor Jerry Gibbs, AMFF has compiled the history of American saltwater angling from its early European roots to its current status as the fastest growing sport in the fishing industry. A section of our permanent exhibition, The Wonders of Fly Fishing, features important highlights from this research, including a special saltwater reel developed by Lefty Kreh, the first Orvis impregnated saltwater rod created for Harold Gibbs, a collection of saltwater flies tied by their originators, and a watercolor flats fishing scene by world-renowned artist John Swan.

The Museum has plans to take this history on the road and on the web! Plans are underway to design a traveling exhibition accompanied by an expanded online exhibition. On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from the Surf to the Flats will highlight the people, places, innovations, and artwork that make up the saltwater story on twelve to fourteen wall panels. AMFF will collaborate with each exhibition venue to develop a display panel focusing on the saltwater history in that state or region, and these venue-specific panels will travel to all venues to broaden the historical perspective of saltwater fly fishing.

An expanded online exhibition will be launched in concert with the traveling exhibition. Mobile devices will be provided to the venues, but more importantly the online exhibition will be globally accessible. You will not need to visit a venue in order to experience this exhibition. This digital representation will include filmed interviews, movie clips, images, and much more.


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Contribute to the preservation of an American tradition by becoming a member of the American Museum of Fly Fishing. Members are the first to know about exciting news including upcoming events, recent acquisitions, and Museum updates.

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Demonstrate your company or organization’s support of fly fishing history by becoming one of our corporate sponsors. The American Museum of Fly Fishing offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities for corporations, clubs, and associations to promote your brand, products and/or services to our members, donors, leadership, and visitors.

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While considering the AMFF in your will and estate plans, please keep in mind how important your planned gift is to the future of the Museum. It will set the stage for continued success as we continue to expand and reach generations to come. Thank you for your generous support of our work.

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Stay up to date on award ceremonies, fundraising events, and more. We honor and celebrate individuals and organizations whose commitment to the Museum, the sport of fly fishing, and the conservation of our natural resources set standards to which we all should aspire.

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