Fly fishing has benefitted from advancements in fly-rod manufacturing technology. Pictured is my 50-year-old Hardy reel milled from a single block of aluminum. The essentials - fir and feathers wrapped on a hook, cast by a rod and line - remain.
There is no consensus of historians about who invented fly fishing. There are references to innovative individuals but there is no single person credited with the invention. Or any recorded date on which the first fish was caught on a fly. But some of the earliest use of feathers and fur attached to . . .