Theodore Gordon wisely noted, “The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.” We learned so much in 2020: to face challenges, be resilient, and adapt. Museum supporters, like you, stepped up across the nation to help ensure the futures of their fondest cultural organizations. For this, we are truly grateful.

The events of this year have caused many people to view and use their time a little differently. As a result, the fly-fishing industry has seen an unexpected boost in popularity. New anglers are discovering what many of us have always known: fly fishing is so much more than a sport. It is an experience that is deeply enriched by the stories, legacies, and innovations of those who came before us.

Though there have certainly been obstacles, AMFF accomplished a great deal in 2020:

  • We were honored to be included in this year’s F3T tour with our film TIME, in which the late Lefty Kreh is celebrated through the eyes of his dear friend Flip Pallot. Flip was the recipient of this year’s Izaak Walton Award.
  • The exhibition Reflections: The Angler and Nature in Art opened in July and highlights a selection of works from our Trophy Art Collection—one of the most significant public assemblies of angling art.
  • We welcomed more than 2,200 people to our first virtual Heritage event (which helped raise significant funds to support AMFF’s mission), and nearly 10,000 people engaged with our virtual summer festival (which included fly tying, appraisals, kids’ activities, and more).

We move into 2021 with hope and optimism for the coming year. We look forward to the opening of our gallery at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium; member-only experiences (including fishing outings with our ambassadors); the continued production of the journal; and, as always, serving as a unique resource for those captivated by the extraordinary history of fly fishing.

What else have we learned from this past year? Small acts of kindness make a world of difference. Please consider a gift to the American Museum of Fly Fishing’s annual appeal. Any amount is sincerely appreciated.

On behalf of the entire staff and Board of Trustees, thank you for being part of our community and for your steadfast support.