Tag Archives: fly-fishing history

Classic Pattern: Birth of the Woolly Bugger


Written by: Phil Monahan

The late Russell Blessing with his most famous creation, the Woolly Bugger.
Photo courtesy of Fly Rod & Reel

If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of the world’s most popular fly, Fly Rod & Reel has a great interview with Fred Blessing, son of the late Russell Blessing, the man who first tied a. . .

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Museum Pieces: Thaddeus Norris, the “Father of American Fly Fishing”

Written by: Peter Nardini, American Museum of Fly Fishing


Thaddeus Norris was known as “Uncle Thad” to his legion of angling fans.
Photo courtesy AMFF

Once described by Arnold Gingrich as “the American Walton,” Thaddeus Norris (1811-1877) is considered one of the founding fathers of American fly fishing. He was among the first to. . .

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Museum Pieces: Oh, The Horror!

Written by: Peter Nardini, American Museum of Fly Fishing


The Horror was the precursor to many of today’s most famous and productive bonefish flies.
Photos courtesy AMFF

The Director of the Bermuda Fishing Information Bureau, Pete Perinchief, designed The Horror pattern in the 1950s after a frustrating trip to the Florida Keys with Joe and Mary. . .

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Museum Pieces: An H.L. Leonard Reel to Covet

Written by: Peter Nardini, American Museum of Fly Fishing


This reel would still look great on the water today.
Photos by Sara Wilcox

Editor’s note: The American Museum of Fly Fishing is located right next to the Orvis Flagship store in Manchester, Vermont. The folks from the museum will be sharing many of the cool items from their collection in an ongoing series called “Museum Pieces.” You can take a little virtual walk through part of the museum at the bottom of this post.

Many older trout reels are surprisingly small, built to hold thin diameter silk lines. Trout lines were often shorter than they are today because shooting the line for distance was not a common. . .

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American Museum of Fly Fishing Launches New Blog


Written by: Phil Monahan

Calvin Coolidge with his catch of the day.
Photos via The Battenkill Beat

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is located right next to the Orvis Flagship store in Manchester, Vermont. It’s a great place to visit, but it’s certainly not that convenient for folks. . .

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Photos: The Development of the Fly Reel in the 19th Century


Written by: Phil Monahan

The age of this reel is unknown, but it shows basic features we still use today.
all photos by Tim Bronson

In 15th century England, anglers didn’t use reels at all: They simply tied a braided horsehair line to the tip of a long rod. (Dapping and Tenkara operate on the same principle.) But by the 18th. . .

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