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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.
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.
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.
There is no fishing without a line, or at least – there is no angling without a line. When we started to fish we used natural materials for line but today we use synthetics which are more reliable. Learn more about fishing line.