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Fly-fishing is a method that uses artificial flies to entice fish to the hook. The flies are made with feathers, bits of animal fur, thread, and other like materials to match the size and colors of the insects fish best like to eat. Throughout the history of human civilization, fishing has reigned high as a supplier of food, and at times even as a symbol of spiritual abundance. In particular, fly-fishing enjoys a long, rich, and romantic history. The romance of this sport continues today, made popular by novelists and filmmakers alike, and of course, heartedly supported by those who actually fish.

Some of the earliest evidence of fly-fishing can be found among the works of Aeolian, a Roman scholar living circa 200 A.D. In his On the Nature of Animals, Aeolian describes the fisherman of Macedonia using bait, which mimics both looks and actions of the insects fish feed upon. Other traces of fly fishing evidence can be found among 13th century European publications, both historical references and in the popular readings of the time.

It is around the end of the 17th century that we begin to see major advancements in the technological development of fishing. The rod, simply a pole from which fishing line can be anchored, now has running rings. This addition is what gives anglers new control over the fishing line, a prominent theme in fly-fishing. The challenge of fly-fishing is to cast the line without making a sound, and to land the bait softly either on the surface of the water, or just below, depending on what type of fish you are after.

It is during the next two centuries that we begin to see several modernizing phases take place. By the 18th century, the tackle trade is established and increasing demand for fishing gear begins to support superior quality in production. There are new raw materials available to make the rod lighter, stronger, and more flexible. By the 19th century, rods are being made out of ash, hickory, lancewood, or bamboo.

Ancient Techniques for a Modern Sport
For the fly fisherman, a light, long rod is necessary, while the fishing lines should be relatively heavy. It is the lines themselves that provide the casting weight, while the artificial fly normally weighs very little. This is what is needed in order to cast the line successfully, deploying the fly accurately and quietly. That much has remained true throughout much of the history of fly-fishing.

As the fishing industry continues to grow in popularity, and the basic techniques for this sport remain very much the same, there are ideas that shed a new light on an old sport. One such idea is sport fishing, catching then releasing the fish--a strong indicator that fishing is evolving past its primary function as a food resource. Every year, throughout the world, people flock to the waters to find the best catch. This is a trade and tourist industry permeating every corner of the globe.

The tourism-centered aspect of fly-fishing provides the outdoor enthusiast with a veritable fantasyland of options. You can book guided trips, chartered boats, and for the ideal amount of solitude, how about renting out an entire island? Fishing can happen anywhere, in almost any climate, and throughout all seasons.

A multitude of popular fishing locations can be found with very little effort. As you begin a search, remember to concentrate on what type of fish you are hoping to catch. In the United States alone, there are countless numbers of locations for every type of fishing experience.



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