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Since 1974 the American Museum of Fly Fishing has published the American Fly Fisher. This journal is published four times each year and features articles written by some of the most respected fly-fishing historians today. The publication also highlights information about the museum’s programs as well as reprints from rare literature from a vast body of angling writers.


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Featured Articles

Mary Orvis Marbury And The Columbian Exhibition

A wonderful look inside the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition and the story behind the Mary Orvis Marbury panels.

On the Fly with Rick Porcello

I recently spent some time at Fenway Park with an avid fly fisherman who happens to pitch every fifth day for the Boston Red Sox. Rick Porcello was...

The History Makers: Bill Oyster

The first time that Bill Oyster witnessed fly fishing was while growing up in the northwestern town of Powell, Wyoming. Ironically, it wasn’t until...

Ernest Hemingway’s Hardy Fairy

Part of the  privilege of working for a museum is the constant discovery—or rediscovery—of an exciting piece of history and access to learn...

Frank W. Benson: Artist And Angler

Frank Benson (1862–1951) is regarded as one of America’s premier artists. His reputation was established at the turn of the twentieth century by...

The Morals Of Fishing

The cruelty of field sports is much in the headlines these days. Though hunters take the greatest share of criticism, fishers are also often...

The History Makers: Leon Chandler

Leon Chandler was born on a farm in Missouri in 1922 and arrived in Cortland, New York during the summer of 1941 on a greyhound bus, with all of his...

Medicine For The Soul

Every spring for the past eight years, central Virginia’s ordinarily tranquil Rose River Farm bustles with energy and purpose as dozens of...

The Governor Aiken Bucktail: Official Fishing Fly Of The State Of Vermont

On 5 May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law Bill H. 589, An Act Related to Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping, which included the...

Winslow Homer: America’s Premier Fisherman and Artist

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is considered by many to be the finest painter America has produced. He was also an accomplished fisherman whose passion for...

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