Monday, 26 December 2011

18th Century Fishing.

One of the things I love about 18th century living history is that there is always more to learn, always more skills and activities to participate in. One never gets bored.
I do not consider myself a fisherman, but I do enjoy fishing for food. I have only caught trout and catfish, and I must admit that I liked the catfish better than the trout. My gear is pretty simple, and I do not as yet own any fly fishing gear, but I find the thought of making my own flies very interesting.
An 18th century horse hair fly fishing line.

Just one of the many period flies to be found at:

 My fishing tackle tin with linen lines and hand forged hooks with sinew leaders.


Bob Mc said...

Keith, you need to take your boots off and tie the line around your toe so it will wake you up when you have a bite. LOL.

Many years ago I saw a fly casting demonstration at a sportsman's show. There was a commercial salmon fly fisherman from Scotland there. He used an extremely long (by our standards) 2 handed fly rod. He could throw a fly a country mile with that rod, and drop it right on target too.

Le Loup said...

Thanks for the interesting info Bob, & for the tip. I did tie a heavy line round my steel camp chair many years ago, and a crock almost pulled me in! Glad I kept my boots on that day Bob!