The History of Sportfishing

The History of Sportfishing

Chapter 6

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CHAPTER 6
THE ART OF THE FLY
Use the words “fishing” and “art” in the same sentence, and one might picture a pristine stream with a wading angler gracefully swinging a fly rod in the morning mist.
Fly fishing is one of the oldest recorded forms of fishing. It came to the colonies from Great Britain in the 1700s, but the practice today would be almost unrecognizable to those early pioneers. Today’s freshwater fly angler has the best of both worlds…centuries old traditions and all of the advantages of modern rod, reel and line technology. Often called the purist form of the sport, it is also one of the fastest growing of all fishing disciplines.