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DID YOU KNOW?: FLY FISHING



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Did you know the fly fishing technique comes from Macedonia?

Fly fishing is a distinct and ancient angling method, most renowned as a method for catching trout and salmon, but employed today for a wide variety of species including pike, bass, panfish, and carp, as well as marine species, such as redfish, snook, tarpon, bonefish and striped bass.

The earliest written history of fishing with a fly was by the Roman author and teacher, Claudius Aelianus. He described the practise of Macedonian anglers who were fishing at the Astraeus river. as follows;

"I have heard of a Macedonian way of catching fish, There runs a river called the Astræus, and in it there are fish with speckled skins; what the natives of the country call them you had better ask the Macedonians. These fish feed upon a fly peculiar to the country, which hovers on the river..."

'...they have planned a snare for the fish, and get the better of them by their fisherman's craft. They fasten red, wool round a hook, and fit on to the wool two feathers which grow under a cock's wattles, and which in color are like wax. Their rod is six feet long, and their line is the same length. Then they throw their snare, and the fish, attracted and maddened by the colour, comes straight at it, thinking from the pretty sight to gain a dainty mouthful; when, however, it opens its jaws, it is caught by the hook, and enjoys a bitter repast, a captive.'

The exact location of the river however is still unknown. Some say it's between Ber(Veroia) and Solun (Thessaloniki). Others say it was a channel running into the Bistrica (Haliacmon) river. And again others are thinking it was the Vardar river.


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