The American Fly Fishing Museum

Upcoming Exhibition & Weekend Symposium

A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

The American Fly Fishing Museum in Manchester, Vermont is celebrating women anglers in their upcoming exhibition, A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The exhibition opens on June 11, 2011 and will run until April, 2012. This is the first exhibition to celebrate the contributions and achievements women have made in the sport of fly fishing.

There will be a grand opening weekend symposium with a venerable guest list of “Who’s Who” in women’s fly fishing. Adventure Woman featured artist, Diane Michelin will be in attendance as will expert angler, Judith O’Keefe (featured in Trix’s Fishing Tips and Adventures). The legendary and REAL Adventure Woman Fanny Krieger will be speaking and this month’s inductee, “The First Lady of Fly Fishing” Joan Salvato Wulff will also be presenting. The symposium will take place from Saturday, June 11 to Sunday, June 12, 2011.

Among the topics the symposium will showcase, include: “Women in Television and the Film Industry,” “Artists and Inspirations,” “The History of Women’s Fly Fishing Organizations,” “Why Fly Fishing: From a Women’s Point of View,” “The Business of Fly Fishing,” and “Ten Profiles of Tomorrow.” The weekend will also include casting workshops and fly tying demonstrations. The symposium will be operating from 10AM to 4 PM both Saturday and Sunday.

The American Fly Fishing Museum itself has a significant permanent collection well worth visiting. It has the world’s largest collection of fly fishing artifacts and memorabilia. The collection includes over 1,200 rods, 400 reels and 20,000 flies. The museum has the oldest documented flies in the world on display and many other interesting and intriguing objects surrounding the sport of fly fishing.

The symposium is a rare chance to meet the female legends of angling and enjoy a beautiful weekend in Vermont in the company of fellow fly fisherwomen. For more information go to