Artificial baits

One of the first information about fishing with artificial lures come from Claudius Aelianus, a Roman who lived during the third century A.D. He wrote of fly-fishing for trout and other kinds of sport fishing. He made lures of feathers, lead, bronze and wild boar's bristles.

By the 1830s and 1840s in both England and America, the making of fishi...

One of the first information about fishing with artificial lures come from Claudius Aelianus, a Roman who lived during the third century A.D. He wrote of fly-fishing for trout and other kinds of sport fishing. He made lures of feathers, lead, bronze and wild boar's bristles.

By the 1830s and 1840s in both England and America, the making of fishing tackle began to change from the monopoly of the individual craftsmen to commercial manufacturing ventures. From the early 1900s, the firm of Heddon and Pflueger in Michigan led the production of commercially made lures. These lures were often designed from proven lures that were simply pounded out of old kitchen spoons or whittled from pieces of wood.

Advances in fishing line waited until after World War II when braided nylon followed by monofilament line improved the success rate in all types of fishing. Aided by the availability of more leisure time, fishing exploded as a hobby and sport. 

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