The Heritage Award

The American Museum of Fly Fishing established the Heritage Award to 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. Each year a recipient is announced, and a Heritage Award dinner, open to the public, is usually held in New York City.

Our past Heritage Award recipients include:

  • 2010 Casting for Recovery
  • 2008 Joan Salvato Wulff
  • 2007 Stanley Bogdan
  • 2003 Mel Krieger
  • 2003 Nick Lyons
  • 2002 Yvon Chouinard
  • 2002 Foster Bam
  • 2001 Lewis W. Coleman
  • 2000 George Harvey
  • 2000 Nathaniel Pryor Reed
  • 1999 Bud Lilly
  • 1998 Gardner L. Grant
  • 1997 Leigh H. Perkins

Izaak Walton Award

The American Museum of Fly Fishing established the Izaak Walton Award in 2014 to honor and celebrate individuals who live by the Compleat Angler philosophy. Their passion for the sport of fly fishing and involvement in their angling community provides inspiration for others and promotes the legacy of leadership for future generations.

Our past Izaak Walton Award recipients include:

Nancy Zakon, crouches in shallow saltwater cradling a bonefish. She's wearing a long-sleeved pink shirt, white pants, and a straw hat.


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