Bill Skilton

Bill Skilton, president of the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association, discusses some of the fly fishing memorabilia on display at the museum’s new location in Middlesex Township.

Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel

The Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum has a new home in the Midstate.

Roughly a month ago, the museum was packed up from the shores of Yellow Breeches Creek at Allenberry Resort and move into its new home along LeTort Spring Run in Middlesex Township.

“We are right on the banks of the LeTort,” said Bill Skilton, president of the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association. “We also have several acres of meadow.”

The Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum is now at 101 Shady Lane in Middlesex Township and will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The museum features items owned and created by some of the biggest names in fly fishing history.

Two rooms were built inside the museum to display items from George Harvey and Vince Marinaro.

The rest of the museum is filled with display cases full of fly fishing gear, photographs and artwork.

Each case is dedicated to a famous fly fisherman from Pennsylvania.

“If you go to a who’s who in fly fishing, it’s Pennsylvania,” Skilton said. “I’m not just saying that because I live here. In the United States, it’s Pennsylvania, no ands, ifs or buts.”

Skilton said the abundance of cool spring water that runs through places like Yellow Breeches and LeTort create an ideal condition for trout to flourish, making the Midstate a draw for fly fishing.

“It’s just something that you can go out and you can combine conservation and nature and even if you don’t catch fish, you can just relax and enjoy the environment,” Skilton said. “… It’s similar to golf. If you have a good technique, you can cast well and then you learn how to fish certain areas for certain species with certain flies.”

The museum will host its fifth annual open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the new location.

“The open house is to showcase what we have preserved here,” Skilton said.

The event is free to the public and will feature vendors, craftsman, raffles, fly tiers, artists and a demonstration of building split bamboo fishing rods.

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