Did Native Americans Invent Fly Fishing for Bass?

January 7, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

In MidCurrent‘s weekly “Fine Lines” column, Phil Monahan addresses a reader’s doubt about whether native Americans were the first to fly fish for bass, or whether they were taught the art by European settlers.
“This is a difficult question to answer because, of course, there isn’t much of a historical record to go by. However, chances are that your friend is basing his notion a story attributed to the naturalist William Bartram, which has been repeated far and wide by fly-fishing writers.” Read on….

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