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Fly Fishing’s History…Very Old History

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.


Ancient Flyfishing’s Origins in Macedonia

Mosaic discovered 1933, Leptic Magna, Tripoli, 1st or 2nd century AD.




Mosaic discovered 1933, Leptic Magna, Tripoli, 1st or 2nd century AD.


In his book De Natura Animalium, Claudius Ælianus (170-230 A.D.), often called Ælian, mentioned fly fishing for trout for the first time. 

 “I have heard of a Macedonian way of catching fish, and it is this: between Borœa and Thessalonica runs a river called the Astræus, and in it there are fish with speckled skins; what the natives of the country call them you had better ask the Macedonians. These fish feed upon a fly peculiar to the country, which hovers on the river.   . . .  In boldness it is like a fly, in size, you might call it a midge, it imitates the colour of a wasp, and it hums like a bee. The natives generally call it the Hippouros.

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax. Their rod is six feet long, and their line is the same length. Then they throw their snare, and the fish, attracted and maddened by the colour, comes straight at it, thinking from the pretty sight to gain a dainty mouthful; when, however, it opens its jaws, it is caught by the hook, and enjoys a bitter repast, a captive.”

 It was not until 1496 that proof is found showing people fished with flies for the sake of the sport instead of for food.

 “… a line twice your rod’s length of three hairs’ thickness, in open water free from trees on a dark windy afternoon, and if you have learned the cast of the fly.   . . . In 1652 The Compleat Angler, (not a spelling mistake) was written by Isaak Walton, then aged 60.



Roman Hooks

Roman Hooks (Here you can explore 5 theories on Macedonian fishing. You can be an expert and provide all manner of details. Watch their eyes glaze over while you talk and then grab the last donut!


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