Fly Fishing Around The World

Fly fishing around the world dates back to almost 2,000 years ago. It is, therefore, no wonder that today fly fishing is a popular sport with many cultures around the globe adopting different fly fishing styles in their sports fishing. Although the basic skills needed in fly fishing can be learned easily, the advanced techniques of this sport take years and dedicated effort to master. This challenge is what makes fly fishing an interesting sport and keeps many fishers interested in the sport for long.

Fly fishing is flexible since one can engage in it in different fishing conditions. Whether you are at a mountainous stream hoping to catch a trout or in the vast Caribbean hoping to catch a bonefish, fly fishing is flexible. This has made it very popular with fishers around the globe.

Macedonian fishermen were the earliest people who used artificial flies that were made with insect wings and red wool. They also used six-foot rods and lines to catch the fish. With time, more interest for fly fishing grew in Scotland and England, but the first publication to do with fly fishing was done in 1496 which was The Treatyse on Fysshynge with an Angle. In 1963, another publication by Isaak Walton; The Compleat Angler was done. The two publications had information showing that fly fishing was already a popular sport at the time of they were published. The sport further became popular due to the establishment of England fishing clubs in the 1800s.

While in Southern England dry fishing was practiced in the chalk streams, Scotland and Northern England practiced wet fly fishing. Southern England anglers looked down on wet flying fishing as an inferior version of their sport and preferred dry fly fishing. In 1800, the Anglers in American Catskill Mountains at New York started dry fly fishing with designed artificial flies that looked like native insects that the trout ate. Some of the American anglers wrote about their experiences which saw an increased interest in the sport. The American anglers were more open to the sport and experimented with both dry and wet fly fishing.

Today fly fishing continues to grow especially in the U.S and Canada. The sport has also become affordable for anglers due to the manufacture of fiberglass rods and synthetic leaders and lines. Fishers who engage in inland fishing do so with dry flies on rivers and streams while wet fly fishing is done on the coast in surfs or bays. Bass anglers have also embraced fly fishing.

Popular saltwater and fresh water locations where anglers engage in fly fishing include southern hemisphere locations such as Belize and the Caribbean.To fish for tarpon and bone fish, however, fly fishers have to travel for long distances.Today fly fishing around the world is a popular sport. The best thing about starting fly fishing as a sport is that the equipment one needs are cheap and easily available. The available opportunities for fly fishing around the world are also without limits. There is, therefore, a no better time to learn the sport than now.

Carla Arbuckle
Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for and She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.