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The American Museum of Fly Fishing

Catch and Release the Spirit of Fly Fishing

Manchester is famous for it’s world-class fly fishing, so it’s incredibly fitting that The American Museum of Fly Fishing, opened in 1968, also calls our beautiful town home.

Established by a group of passionate and enthusiastic anglers, guests can explore the evolution of fly fishing, from the early American masters H.L. Leonard, Theodore Gordon, and Charles Orvis to the rod and reel makers and fly tiers of today.

Browse through displays highlighting how the sport has influenced the lives of statesmen, artists, writers, and many more. The Museum is a repository and conservator to the world’s largest collection of angling and angling-related items, numbering in the thousands. The collections and exhibits thoroughly document the evolution of fly fishing as a sport, art form, craft, and industry in the United States and abroad, dating as far back as the sixteenth century. Rods, reels, flies, tackle, art, photographs, manuscripts, and books form the Museum’s permanent collection.


"This museum has perhaps the world’s best display of fly-fishing equipment."

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