The Salt Water Fly Fishing Traveling Exhibit

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.