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Fishing history

ancient fishing/fishing historyPeople have been fishing about as long as they have been hunting. Because people in the StoneAge were fishing for food, not for sport, they did not feel bad about using easy ways to catch as many fish as possible as quickly as they could. Mostly they used nets. You could make nets by spinning grasses, or spinning wool, or flax. Often men did the spinning to make nets for fishing or hunting. Then they knotted the strings together in complicated patterns like macrame to make the nets, and they attached stones or bits of clayor lead to the bottom of the net to weight it down (so it wouldn't float), and you attached bits of wood to the top (so it would float).

The ancient Greeks and Romans both advocated fishing for sport, as well as for food, but Chinese and Egyptian archaeological digs have shown that fishing rods, hooks, and lines were known as early as 2,000 B.C. , or far earlier than the Greek and Roman civilizations. Bronze barbed hooks were used by the Egyptians; these hooks resulting from the alloy of tin and copper made hard, strong hooks that also could be worked until they were very thin and less visible to the fish. The Chinese spun fine fishing line from silk and used rice and small carp for bait.

fly fishingBy the 1830s and 1840s in both England and America, the making of fishing tackle began to change from the monopoly of the individual craftsmen to commercial manufacturing ventures. From the early 1900s, the firm of Heddon and Pflueger in Michigan led the production of commercially made lures. These lures were often designed from proven lures that were simply pounded out of old kitchen spoons or whittled from pieces of wood. Rods and reels were handmade by jewelers and watchmakers from the early 1800s. This craft experienced many technical improvements as rod and reel production became commercial throughout the 1870s and 1880s. Advances in fishing line until after World War II when braided nylon followed by monofilament line improved the success rate in all types of fishing. Aided by the availability of more leisure time, fishing exploded as a hobby and sport.



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