On August 10, AMFF celebrated its twelfth annual Fly-Fishing Festival. More than 650 visitors stopped by  over the course of the day to enjoy the unique collection of vendors, including painters, appraisers, industry artisans and professionals, and other angling-related nonprofits.

Special events included the opening of Side Effects: William Billinghurst and Early Fly-Reel Culture, with a short presentation by guest curator/exhibit lender/reel expert Jim Schottenham. AMFF ambassadors were on hand as well to share their expertise. Mike Rice, Rich Strolis, Mark Dysinger, and Scott Biron tied flies and taught visitors the finer points of creating fur and feather masterpieces, while Pete Kutzer demonstrated his extraordinary casting prowess by the pond. Orvis hosted the casting competition, and Steve Woit was in the museum signing copies of Fly Fishing Treasures: The World of Fly Fishers and Collecting.

A special thank you to our sponsors and raffle donors: the Orvis Company, Mulligans of Manchester, Mud Dog Saltwater Flies, Rich Strolis, the McBride Company, R. K. Miles, Express Copy, Yeti, Costa, Why Knot Fishing, the Image Loft, the Taconic, Deerfield Fly Rods, the Vermont Country Store, the Crooked Ram, Langway, Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts, and the Works.

It was a great day and a great turnout. Thanks to everyone for supporting the event and making this year’s festival a great success.

Vendors, visitors, and tents filled the museum grounds, and Chris and Neil Acoustic Duo performed classic songs to entertain visitors throughout the day.

A crowd gathered to listen as AMFF ambassador Pete Kutzer shared his angling insights.