Fly Fishing Art Show at American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT

Reflections: The Angler and Nature in Art opened July 17 at the American Museum of Fly Fishing. The new exhibition is a selection of works from a recent gift, The Trophy Art Collection, which represents one of the most significant assemblies of angling art available for public viewing. Located in the Museum’s Leigh H. Perkins Gallery, the exhibition creates an artistic journey from the nineteenth century to the present day, featuring evolving depictions of anglers in their natural habitat paired with artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection.

The exhibition is divided into four time periods; Restoration and Sense of Place in the Nineteenth Century, Identity in the Early Twentieth Century, Autonomy and Purpose in the Mid-twentieth, and Harmony in the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty- First Century. Over thirty artists are featured including; Edward Hill, James Northcote, Kerr Eby, Ogden M. Pleissner, Thomas Aquinas Daly, Eldridge Hardie, and Chet Reneson.


Chet Reneson (American, born 1934) Tarpon, 1996 Watercolor on paper.
Chet Reneson (American, born 1934) Tarpon, 1996 Watercolor on paper.


The works of these and other artists are supported by fascinating artifacts such as Lefty Kreh’s “Vise Grip” vise, a Megan Boyd salmon fly framed by William Cushner, Pleissner’s H. L. Leonard rod, Stan Bogdan’s Multiplier reel and Arnold Gingrich’s lighter from his desk at Esquire magazine.

The American Museum of Fly Fishing was founded in 1968 by a group of passionate anglers who wanted to ensure that the history of fly fishing was preserved as an important part of America’s culture, industry, and history. The Museum continues to collect, study, preserve, and exhibit the sport’s greatest treasures, including flies by countless historical and modern authorities ranging from Theodore Gordon and Mary Orvis Marbury to Lefty Kreh and Ernest Schwiebert.

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from May through October, and Tuesday through Saturday from November through June. For more information about the museum, please visit or connect on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.



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