While travelling in North Carolina this summer I found the towns of Bryson and Cherokee high in the Appalachian Mountains near the Tennessee border. Come to discover that Bryson has long been a fly fishing destination.
So much so that they have a beautiful stand-alone building that is a Fly Fishing Museum. This is a very large museum with a lot on exhibit. Easy to spend an hour there. I took a lot of pictures, but later discovered they have a fantastic website. Here's the link: https://flyfishingmuseum.org/ .
Well worth your time to check it out and if you're ever travelling in the area, this is a must. There are many rivers and streams in Bryson and they have monster trophy trout. Small town with two fly shops and several guide shops. We will go back there next year and hire a guide boat.
Wow, I never would have guessed!! Thanks.
Will probably never make it to NC but great to know that wonderful places like this exist. Thanks for sharing.
I know there is a group trying to get a museum in the Oso area. Not sure of their current status but hope they can raise the funds necessary to start.
I have visited a few fly fishing museums around the country, two in particular are the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, NY. A wonderful museum of the history of the fly fishing in that region. They do have a Bamboo rod builders hall of Fame with NFA foundering member Dawn Holbrook on it.
Another is the Atlantic Salmon Museum in Doaktown, NB Canada that had a lot of the William Cushner fly plates including many from the Pacific Northwest.
Closer to home is the FFI office and Museum in Livingston, MT that has a lot of flies and other fly fishing stuff.