Fly Fishing In Popular Culture by billymahardhika


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									Fly Fishing In Popular Culture

Fly fishing is an ancient style of fishing that has become an important
part of popular culture. Images of fly fishing gear often evoke powerful
emotions in the viewer.

Fly fishing was practiced at least as early as the 2nd century by
Macedonian anglers; however, some argue that fly fishing may have
originated even earlier with the Chinese.

Little is known of the development of fly fishing from the 2nd century
through the end of the 15th century. The English publication of a book in
1496 detailing dozens of artificial fly designs suggests that the sport
was kept active during this period though. Fly fishing continued to grow
in popularity for some time in England, Scotland, Scandinavia and the
United States. However, the sport eventually came to be viewed as an
elitist sport, in part due to the high cost of fly fishing gear. Early
fly rods were crafted from a tropical wood and later from bamboo. Both
types of rods were expensive. By the 1920s interest in fly fishing in the
United States had peaked.

Following World War II, fly fishing interest increased in the United
States again. The introduction of fiberglass fly fishing rods,
monofilament leaders, and synthetic line all served to lower the cost of
fly fishing gear. Fly fishing interest in the United States was once
again on the rise. Many of our fathers and grandfathers were fly
fishermen of this era, and the overall respect that is given that
generation in American culture may be reason enough to explain the
enduring strength of fly fishing in popular culture.

Over the years Western fly fishing has emerged with its own cultural
image. This may be due to several factors, including the American
romanticizing of Western culture in general along with some brilliant
marketing by early Western fly fishing entrepreneurs. The Western
American cultural image of fly fishing is inextricably linked with
horses, wide-brimmed hats, and leather apparatus. Western-clad fly
fishers wading a rocky river while horses graze nearby on the aspen-lined
shore is a powerful picture that transports most of us to a place we want
to be. Whether the image is completely rooted in reality is not

Consider how many images designed to communicate masculinity feature fly
fishing gear. Artists and graphic designers know that fly fishing images
are a powerful way to communicate masculinity - whether attempting to
speak to men or to speak about men.

Even those who have not held a fly rod in years are powerfully impacted
by the image of a fly rod or a fly fishing scene. The picture instantly
transports people back in time. Fly fishing is so deeply embedded in the
American culture that a single picture can take us back to childhood or
transport us to a far away place. In this place the world seems right
again; everything is once again as it should be.
Fly fishing is an important part of popular American culture. Images of
fly fishing abound in movies, magazines, books and homes. Even an image
of fly fishing apparatus communicates powerfully to many Americans. Fly
fishing is an important part of American popular culture and history.

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