Tag Archives: fly-fishing history

Bombshell Article Reveals Fly-Fishing Text Older than the Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Haslinger Breviary codex
Photo courtesy of Maggs Bros. Ltd., London, via amff.org

One of the few things that almost every fly fisher knows is that the sport’s first appearance in print was the Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle, which may have been (but probably wasn’t) . . .

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Two Turtle Doves


Written by: Phil Monahan

The 400-year-old “temple” is set on a lovely piece of property along the River Dove.
Photo Photo via dailymail.co.uk

The famed stone temple on the River Dove, where Izaak Walton and his friend James Cotton spent many an hour, has been put on the market. Walton was nearly 80 years old in 1674, when Cotton had the “cottage” built on. . .

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History: A Closer Look at The Compleat Angler


Written by: Phil Monahan

The first edition of Walton’s The Compleat Angler contained a brief discussion of fly fishing by Thomas Barker. Photo via The Literary Fly Fisher The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton first appeared in 1653, and it was an immediate success. The book was reprinted five times in Walton’s lifetime, with frequent alterations and additions. But […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bamboo Fly Rods


Written by: Phil Monahan

Charles F. Orvis began building fly rods in 1850 and launched his commercial enterprise six years later.
Photo via orvis.com

Although the bamboo fly rod fell out of favor in the 1950s—as a result of an embargo against products from China, which limited the availability of the raw materials, and the introduction of. . .

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Classic Fly-Fishing History: A Letter from Charles F. Orvis


Written by: Phil Monahan

A 1912 letter from Orvis founder Charles F. Orvis to a customer in Michigan.
Images courtesy Bob Lyngos, George N. Fletcher Public Library

When a company has been around for more than 150 years, there’s a ton of historical documentation floating around, but it’s always exciting when a connection to the past seems to. . .

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Museum Pieces: Anglers-in-Chief

Written by: Peter Nardini, American Museum of Fly Fishing


President Eisenhower launches a cast on a mountain pond.
Photo courtesy AMFF

In honor of Presidents Day, we are featuring some of our most important fly-fishing Presidents. Because the Presidents took longer time off, sometimes up to three months, the opportunity. . .

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Museum Pieces: The Sun and Planet Reel


Written by: Phil Monahan

P.D. Malloch’s innovation was in creating a reel whose knob could be used as a brake.
Photo courtesy AMFF

Peter Duncan Malloch (1853-1921) was born in Almondbank in Methven Parish, Perthshire, on July 15, 1852. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a bleach worker until 1872, when he. . .

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