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New Exhibit at Keys History & Discovery Center Explores Saltwater Fly Fishing

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust board member Stu Apte scans the water for rolling tarpon. Photo: IGFA

Learn more about the legends of saltwater fly fishing, breakthrough saltwater fly designs, the effect of Flagler’s Railway on fly fishing in the Keys, and much more by viewing On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from the Surf to the Flats, a new traveling exhibit on display at the Keys History & Discovery Center at Islander Resort Conference Center, MM 82, Islamorada. The Exhibit on Loan from American Museum of Fly Fishing.

The exhibit, on loan from the prestigious American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) in Vermont, is a journey through time, filled with the men, women, places and innovations that have made saltwater fly fishing one of the fastest growing sectors of the exciting and dynamic angling industry. Visitors will enjoy tracing the history of saltwater fly fishing through displays of evolving tackle, ranging from fascinating home improvements on early equipment to the incredibly efficient gear of today that allow saltwater anglers to successfully target fish in ways that were inconceivable not long ago. Displays will also include a remarkable photographic record from the earliest days of the sport.

“We were approached by the AMFF about four years ago as they were in the development stage with this unique exhibit,” said Jill Miranda Baker, executive director of Discovery Center. “With Islamorada being the sportfishing capital of the world attracting anglers from around the globe, it was most fitting to bring this fabulous exhibit to the Discovery Center in Islamorada.”

On Fly in the Salt is on exhibit now through March 1, 2020. The Discovery Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

About Keys History & Discovery Center:

Keys History & Discovery Center, at the Islander Resort Conference Center, is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It is a world-class museum that preserves and shares the incredible history of our Upper Keys community and explores the unique ecology of the region. In addition to permanent exhibits on subjects such as Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railway, Legends of the Line, First People, and Coral Reef Exploration, the Discovery Center offers a lecture series, educating the public through presentations from a variety of expert speakers. The museum’s second floor features a state-of-the-art theater showing documentaries on topics like the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and Indian Key, as well as traveling exhibits, and the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library.

About Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation:

Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation formed in 2013 to develop and operate Keys History & Discovery Center. The not-for-profit organization’s board of directors is comprised of community-minded volunteers with a passion for the mission of preserving and sharing the unique history and environment of the Florida Keys, particularly that of the Upper Keys. More information can be found at www.keysdiscovery.com or by calling 305-922-2237.


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