What is the history of fly fishing? This ancient method of fishing is best known for catching trout or salmon, but you can fly fish for bass, pike, carp, panfish and even saltwater fish like redfish, snook, bonefish, tarpon and striped bass.
Looking for the origins of the sport, we can trace the history of fly fishing back to the Macedonian fishermen around the end of the second century. They reportedly used wool and feathers to craft flies to attract fish in the Astraeus River in Macedonia.
The modern version of fly fishing, however, is commonly said to have developed on the quick flowing and rocky rivers in Scotland and the North of England. Think of fly fishing and you might easily imagine fly fishing for rainbow trout in Scotland This is probably because Scotland trout fishing has earned a romantic reputation in the mind of fly fishermen because of the country's reputation as the place where modern fly fishing was developed and perfected. Scotland trout, especially Scotland brown trout are caught by fly fishermen visiting the Border region of Scotland and England from around the world.
Early fly fishing literature includes The Treatyse on Fysshynge with an Angle (1496) by Dame Juliana Berners, which includes fly fishing how to, such as instructions on the rod, line and hook's construction as well as how to make trout fishing flies for different seasons.
Trout fishing in Scotland could be a type of pilgrimage for many lucky enough to plan a fly fishing holiday in the Highlands or in the Border region. The rivers Spey and Tweed are of the most popular in Scotland, the River Tweed being especially good for salmon fly fishing. Visit Scotland for a taste of fly fishing heritage you won't find anywhere else in the world.