A New Exhibit opens for the entire 2017 season; “F. E Thomas Rod Maker”. Born in 1854 Maine’s own Fred Thomas is widely regarded as one of the finest cane fly rod makers the world has ever known. As a teenager, Fred started working for Hiram Leonard, one of the earliest split bamboo rod makers in the country. From 1898 until 1958 Fred, and his family operated a very successful rod making shop in Brewer. This exhibit will feature the craftmanship and history of this remarkable family and their impressive artistry as builders of fine fishing rods.