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To catch a first fish in human history, prehistoric humans used hands. This proved impractical (and in some cases dangerous) so they invented fishing rod and continued to improve it by changing materials it was made and its shape. Read more about fishing rod history.
Fishing reels were invented to prevent long fishing lines from tangling and to ease the pulling of the line when a fish is caught. From a simple mechanism they developed into small mechanical wonders that we know today.
Fish hook is a simple device and it is not too surprising how it was invented at many places practically at once. It is more surprising how we still use it, some 23 millennia after. Find out more about fish hook types, sizes and more interesting facts about fish hooks.
Choosing a right rod and reel for your fishing is very important. Not every reel can cast a light fly nor can every rod withstand the weight of a large fish. Find out more about types of fishing rods and reels.