Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fishing and the Black Dog Connection

AH! exams can really beat the hell out of you! Ask me, 6 done and four more to go...just finished with my knitwear assignment.

In the last post I told you about this guy Walter Millard and his obsession with both fine scotch and fly fishing. Had to look up more dint I?Now, whenever I think of fishing, that too angling I can only think of Tom and Jerry and Tom's fishing trip...this one episode where he uses Jerry as bait! :P can never grow up can I? Well, If I were to finally grow up and act my age..I don't think I would be much of me!

So anyway...Fly Fishing! Who knew it was really a sport? That too, a sport enjoyed by men of great taste! (Okay, where really do these men live? All I see around me is down-rate, tasteless crowd! Classy men of great taste enjoying the sport of fly fishing in their leisure time? Come find me!) I can so imagine someone like Derek Shepherd (don't you follow grey's anatomy?) by a quiet lake, fishing.. Probably he got his favorite scotch along, to enjoy a pristine weekend... isn't imagination wonderful?

Guilty of the habit of getting off topic...My apologies!
It is said that the first record of fly fishing was near the end of the 2nd century and credit is given to Roman, Claudius Aelianus. He talked of the practice of Macedonian anglers on the Astraeus River: "…They fasten red….wool round a hook, and fit on to the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in color are like wax. Their rod is six feet long and their line is the same length….." (okay, will have to learn Fly fishing to actually figure out what this means! but then again, legends are legends!)

The fast flowing and rocky rivers of scotland are believed to have been the origin of fly fishing in its contemporary form...(so now we also know that both scotch and this sport have the same home) One of the earliest publications on the sport was in 1496. Slowly by the 19th century, fishing clubs had started mushrooming all around England and some publications came into light on the subject of fly fishing.

Dry fly fishing was developed in southern England in rivers and chalk streams that were full of vegetation, as this was the best method of avoiding the weeds and other water vegetation that grew near the surface of certain bodies of water and, to some, acquired the reputation of the only acceptable method of fishing the slower clear rivers of the south.

In the United States, the fly anglers were thought to be the first to use artificial lures for the warm water species of fish, specifically the bass. Most notably known for the lures developed by these anglers was the bass popper fly.

One of the early developers of fly anglers in the United States was Charles F. Orvis, who developed a fly reel in 1874. His reel design was, at the time, described as the first fully modern fly reel. With the Orvis company founding, the sport of fly fishing was on its way to the sport that it has developed into today.

And rest they say is history! ;) Much like the luxurious legacy of Black Dog...

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