Before modern materials came along, fishing poles were made of flexible wood. This one's an amazing example of a Calcutta bamboo rod.



  • Fact 1: The first recorded fishing rods appear in ancient Egyptian and Chinese writing and images dating back to 2000 BC, but were likely in use far earlier.
  • Fact 2: Earky rids were made from strong, flexible woods such as bamboo, hickory, or cane. Modern rods are more commonly made from graphite and fiber composites.
  • Fact 3: Most common fishing rods vary in length from two to eight feet. Some sea-fishing rods, designed to catch huge merlins and sharks, can reach more than fifteen feet in length.
  • Fact 4: The strength and flexibility of certain types of bamboo made it the material of choice in the 19th century, and some anglers still prefer it over modern composites.
  • Fact 5: Reels were first added to fishing rods sometime around the 4th century, and first appeared in art in an 1195 Chinese painting entitled "Angler on a Wintry Lake".

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