Andrew Herd's definitve book The History of Fly Fishing is in print - read all about it.
An introduction to the history of fly fishing that only takes a few minutes to read.
Still the favourite method for many anglers, this piece focusses on the early days.
The story of how flies were made to float by using paraffin - and the amazing gadgets that were used to apply it.
The North of England developed its own particular style of fly fishing, which was so successful it is still used today.