The American Museum of Fly Fishing at 4104 Main Street in Manchester, Vermont is set to host a couple of big events in the coming months. On Saturday, Aug. 10, the 6th annual Fly Fishing Festival is to offer vendor exhibits by fly fishing collectors, antique dealers and craftsmen on museum grounds along Historic Route 7A in Manchester. Demonstrations and equipment appraisals are planned.
Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Heritage Award Dinner honoring Leon L. Martuch is to be held at the Racquet & Tennis Club in New York, N.Y. Martuch used his background as a chemist to develop, produce, and patent fly-fishing equipment innovations that revolutionized the sport. He also worked with his father Leon M. Martuch at Scientific Anglers to produce the original Air-Cel and Wet-Cel fly lines. Martuch also has served on the boards of Trout Unlimited and the American Museum of Fly Fishing to preserve and promote the sport for future generations.
Currently at the museum, the exhibition entitled The Wonders of Fly Fishing presents the history of the sport of fly fishing showing “the best of the best” among reels, rods and flies. The exhibition has a large saltwater fly fishing component to help introduce the 2014 exhibition on the history of saltwater fly fishing, entitled On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from the Surf to the Flats. With the assistance of retired Outdoor Life Fishing Editor Jerry Gibbs, the American saltwater story will be told from multiple perspectives.
Bill Cosgrove of Nassau, NY, has been an active member and event attendee of the AMFF for over a decade. Not only does he volunteer at the annual Fly Fishing Festival, but he helps with miscellaneous museum projects. Most recently, Cosgrove ambitiously worked on the installation of the new exhibition, The Wonders of Fly Fishing. He assisted Deputy Director (and exhibition curator) Yoshi Akiyama, in assembling and mounting exhibit cases.
A recent exhibit, Graceful Rise, closed March 16. A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow was a groundbreaking exhibition that displayed the history of women’s role in the sport. Fifty women from the fifteenth century through today, including Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, Carrie Stevens, Kay Brodney, Karen Graham, and Joan Salvato Wulff were highlighted. Many of the artifacts were from the personal collections of these women and had never before been seen by the public. This exhibition’s catalog is available for $19.95.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the steward of the history, traditions, and the practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its water. The museum, open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, which is the highest professional achievement in the museum industry. Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, just over 1,000 are accredited and AMFF was the first Sport’s museum to receive a accreditation in 1993.
To contact the American Museum of Fly Fishing, call 802-362-3300, visit http://www.amff.com/ or email the coordinator of events at firstname.lastname@example.org.