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Tied Together

The Extraordinary Lives of Joan and Lee Wulff

When Joan Salvato and Lee Wulff were joined in marriage, it brought together two luminaries of the fishing world. The significance of the contributions this pairing made to the sport of fly fishing cannot be overstated, providing modern-day anglers with numerous innovations related to both the gear and techniques that have helped shape the sport into what it has become today.

Working as a team, they taught and inspired countless fly fishers, from novice to advanced, to not only become better practitioners but to work towards the protection and conservation of the natural world. The Wulff School of Fly Fishing, still in operation today, started in 1979 along the banks of the Beaverkill and is a shining example of the dedication to angling these two shared. Authoring numerous books, writing countless articles, and appearing in, as well as producing, films related to their beloved sport, the work of Joan and Lee will doubtless continue to motivate scores of future anglers to become ambassadors for the fly fishing community.

Lee Wulff was quoted as remarking “The finest gift you can give any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn’t someone else’s gift to you?” The legacy of Joan and Lee is an unmatched gift to all anglers—past, present, and future.

To hear Joan talk about some of the objects on display, as well as what the exhibition means to her, click the icon below.

Exhibition Sponsors

Capt. Robert L.W. McGraw and the Donald C. McGraw Foundation
Jeanie and Johnny Morris

Sulu and Gary Grant
JoAnn Jurge
Anna Riggs

W. Bryan Pugh
Debbie Bennett
Elizabeth and Andrew Ward
Patricia Watson