The American Museum of Fly Fishing was established in 1968 in Manchester, Vermont, by a group of passionate and enthusiastic anglers who believed that the history of angling was an important part of American culture and tradition. The Museum was created to serve as an institution to research, preserve, and interpret the treasures of angling history.
Visitors to the Museum can view in-house exhibits, participate in gallery programs, and make appointments to use the library or access the collections for research.
The Museum’s permanent collection contains more than 1,200 rods, 1,400 reels, 20,000 flies, 60 linear feet of historic photographs and documents, and a 7,000 volume library. Some of the greatest masters are represented in the collection including rodmakers Hiram Leonard and Paul Young; reelmakers Edward and Julius Vom Hofe and Stan Bogdan; fly tyers Helen Shaw and Theodore Gordon; and artists Ogden M. Pleissner and Stanley Meltzoff.