For fly anglers, fun is about being in the shallow waters, casting fly toward unsuspecting gamefishes. But to some fly fishing enthusiasts, there are other ways to appreciate this activity even without stepping into bodies of water, like visiting museums.
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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians recently opened in Cherokee, North Carolina, to give the public a taste of what the sport has to offer. There are exhibits and videos about fly fishing’s history, from past reeling legends to the evolution of rods and reels used for the sport. There are also lots of opportunities to learn extensively about basic knots, fly-tying techniques, and the types of equipment for the outdoor activity. The museum specifically highlights the history of the fly fishing community and gamefish found in southeastern U.S.
Established in 1968 in Manchester, Vermont, The American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) is another go-to destination for information and knowledge about the outdoor activity. The museum was built to commemorate the history, traditions, and practices of the sport and also to promote the protection and conservation of bodies of water. Aside from its collection of rods, reels, and flies, the AMFF also puts up on display artistic photographs and archival materials with fly fishing as their main subject.
AMFF has also started organizing online exhibitions to reach audiences from around the globe. In 2014, the museum published the online exhibit “A Graceful Rise” that talks about the accomplishments of women in the fly fishing industry and history.
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President of seafood distributor Northern Fisheries, Brian Eliason is also a fly angling enthusiast most known for his impressive catch of a 51-pound permit in Big Pine Key, Florida. Learn more about him and his company by visiting this website.