The American Fly Fisher

The American Fly Fisher is a long-standing publication produced by the American Museum of Fly Fishing. In print since 1974, issues of the American Fly Fisher span 40 volumes, all of which are now available for free viewing and downloading online via the museum's web site.

Historical Fly Fishing Photograph
Each issue of the American Fly Fisher is filled with historical illustrations and photos, such as the one seen above.

Each issue of he award-winning journal mixes features on contemporary topics, writing by fly fishing historians and scholars and reprints of fly fishing writings from across the centuries. The result is a captivating look at not only how much of our sport has changed as the years have gone by, but how much has stayed the same.

It is also worth noting that the reprints of historical fly fishing writings offer up more than just a glimpse into the past of the sport. Despite their value in providing perspective and entertainment, many of these writings from days well gone by are still chock full of practical knowledge. Though technology has changed the face of our sport in many ways, there is much to be learned from the early pioneers of fly fishing. Perhaps, tucked into these articles from yesteryear, are a few tips and techniques that have fallen by the wayside for reasons other than their effectiveness, that are just waiting to be discovered.