Nowadays, the enthusiastic angler is able to purchase fly fishing tackle not just to engage in fly fishing, but also to be a collector of classic and antique fly fishing tackle.
History of Fly Fishing Tackle
The very first account for the usage of fly fishing tackle is often credited to Claudius Aelianus, a 2nd century roman author and teacher of rhetoric, who described how Macedonian anglers on the Astraeus River used an artificial fly lure to capture fish.
Fly fishing as known today originated in the rivers of Scotland and Northern England, and expanded into the rest of England, the United States Of America, Canada, Scandinavia and also the Alpine mountain areas of Europe. The expansion of fly fishing to such different parts of the world resulted in different styles and development of fly fishing tackle.
As it is expected, the advent of the machine age along with other advances in technology has also changed the type and composition of fly fishing tackle. A clear illustration of this improvement in the technology for the fly fishing tackle could be the rod: with its early history, the manufacturers of this kind of equipment made the rod of bamboo or wood; modern manufactures use carbon-fiber, fiberglass, and steel to produce high-quality rods.
Finding Collectible Fly Fishing Tackle
The collector of fly fishing tackle must be prepared to blow money and time in order to secure a significant and valuable assortment of such equipment.
The initial step is to subscribe to magazines that focus exclusively on fishing collectibles, since these types of magazines will likely not only describe the various types of collectible fly fishing tackle, but will in addition provide information as to where to purchase the different models, who the different manufacturers were, and provide the history, use, and tradition of such collectible equipment.
Another valuable supply of information are books which can be purchased at bookstores or researched in libraries, fly fishing clubs, the world wide web, and stores that specialize in collectible and antique items. Old-fashioned hunting and fishing stores will prove to be a goldmine of classic and antique fly fishing tackle, and also the owners of such stores are also very likely to be a veritable source of anecdotes along with other stories related to the sport of fly fishing.
Collectors for this type of equipment should also invest time learning about common defects, ratings on condition, monetary value, and construction techniques, since knowledge of the kind of information will greatly raise the value and significance of this purchased objects.