Paul Bruun to Receive the 2022 Izaak Walton Award

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is proud to announce Paul Bruun as the 2022 Izaak Walton Award honoree. Paul’s many contributions to the sport of fly fishing include his roles as writer, guide, industry trailblazer, mentor, conservationist, historian, innovator, humorist, and humanitarian.

He is a renowned Wyoming float-trip outfitter and guide, and has penned his weekly “Outdoors” column in the Jackson Hole News and Guide since 1973. He was the founding editor and co-publisher of the Jackson Hole Daily newspaper, as well as a three-term town councilman affectionately known as the “Fishin’ Politician.”

During the early 1980s, he and partner Ralph Headrick introduced the South Fork Skiff, the first fiberglass, high-performance, low-profile drift boat designed for fly fishing western rivers. In addition, he worked as an advisor for Orvis and Simms.

Still a Patagonia ambassador today, he was retained as their original fly-fishing consultant and wrote the lead article in the first Patagonia catalog to introduce fly-fishing products in the mid-1980s.

Paul’s “Classics” column appears quarterly in TU’s TROUT magazine. He continues to be a conservation advocate, as demonstrated by his role as the founding fishing outfitter member of the Snake River Fund.

Paul has never sought the spotlight, but his wisdom, expertise, and dedication to both the sport of fly fishing and the natural world make him a truly worthy honoree. This virtual event will be livestreamed on June 30, 2022, at 8 p.m. EST.

For more information, please contact Sam Pitcher at spitcher@amff.org.

Leadership Circle

There are two Leadership Circle levels: Team Tarpon ($1,000) and Striper Circle ($500). All Leadership Circle donors will receive a commemorative gift. Team Tarpon supporters will also receive an invitation to a post-pandemic gathering at the Anglers’ Club of New York. For more information please contact Sam Pitcher at spitcher@amff.org.