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AMFF Honors the 30th Anniversary of the Film ‘A River Runs Through It’

The American Museum of Fly Fishing hosted its Heritage Award event honoring the 30th anniversary of the film A River Runs Through It on November 3 at The Racquet and Tennis Club in New York City.

In a return to New York after a three-year hiatus, guests reunited to celebrate the film that is simply known in fly fishing circles as “the movie”. During a buzzing cocktail reception, attendees were encouraged to guess the number of flies in a vintage Hills Bros. coffee can (as referenced by Brad Pitt’s character). After sitting down to dinner, a 10-minute retrospective video treated guests to behind-the-scenes footage of the extraordinary care and attention to detail that went into the legendary fly-fishing scenes. This video is available to view at through the button below. We were also treated to some welcome comments via live Zoom by Tom Skerritt, the legendary actor who plays the Reverend Maclean in the film.

Following a lively auction with Nick Dawes, the evening culminated in a panel discussion led by Montana State University Professor, Dennis Aig, who was on set making a documentary of the film in 1992. Aig was joined by Gary Borger – consultant; John Dietsch – Fly Fishing Production Coordinator; Paul Ryan – Second Unit Director; and Joe Urbani – Fisheries Biologist. Producer Patrick Markey was unable to attend but was there in spirit as the group reminisced on the joys and challenges of bringing Norman Maclean’s novella to life. Clips of the panel discussion will be available on the Museum’s Instagram account, @flyfishmuseum.

AMFF would like to thank our Leadership Circle Donors and all those who attended the event and supported the auctions. We are grateful to our auction donors. Live auction: C.D. Clarke; The Delphi Club; Nick Dawes; Bill Hespe; Lori-Ann Murphy; Robert Rubin; Trout Unlimited; Winston Rod Company. Silent auction: 320 Ranch; Berkshire Rivers Fly Fishing; Mark Comora; Costa; John Dietsch Paul Dixon; Far Bank; Rachel Finn; Fishpond; Ted LeBow; Richard Landerman; Carmine Lisella; John N. MacLean; Walter Matia; Mud Dog Saltwater Flies; REC Components; Roger Riccardi; Richard Rose; Paul Rossman; Jim Schottenham; Stonecutter Spirit; Sunny Brook Nets; Dave & Emily Whitlock; and Jeff Yates.

Watch the behind-the-scenes videos.

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