I’m not sure if you have ever noted Southeastern Europe’s fly fishing opportunities. The images and beauty always seem intriguing and inviting. Well, there is a significant body of work that points to this region’s inhabitants as the earliest practitioners of fly fishing…like way back.
I like to revisit this site now and the Fly Fishing History site now and then to recenter on the sport. We seem to immerse ourselves in some OCD manner with every possible aspect of the sport except the most basic fish-fly-presentation. Thinking of the ancient’s gear and flies makes one wonder how complex we have to be over this endeavor. In fact, I only have to picture myself 50 years ago with an old Sears & Roebuck glass rod (Ted Williams’ Special…the baseball great was an avid fly fisher) and one or two flies. Those recollections lit the pilot light that continues to burn and motivate me to this day.
Anyway, give the history site a review and note the history of this sport began somewhere in those canyons of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece. (Additional Info) I wonder if there were ancients that fly fished but failed to write about their solving the puzzle. I bet there were.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be
satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”