The History of Sportfishing

The History of Sportfishing

Chapter 7

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CHAPTER 7
THE ARTISANS OF THE FLY
Fly fishing began as a sport of kings and aristocrats. Costly equipment and the rarity of leisure time prior to the industrial revolution kept it that way for centuries, until a determined group of men and women brought fly fishing into the mainstream of European and American culture. In sportfishing, few things are more beautiful and productive than a well-designed fly. The individuals who create them, and those who teach others how to use them, are an essential part of the history of fly fishing. If the discipline of fly fishing can be described as an art form, then these pioneering individuals are truly, The Artisans of the Fly.