Archeologists Discover Fishing Rods and Flies Dating Back 12,000 Years

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Archeologists from the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Archaeological research institute in Germany recently found fishing tackle dating back nearly 12,000 years near the Jordan River watershed in Israel. The uncovered artifacts included barbed hooks, flies, sophisticated weights, and flexible rods used to land fish from a few inches long all the way up to 2-meter long carp.

Researchers found that several of the hooks had residue of plant materials and feathers on them, indicating that these early anglers were likely using artificial flies and lures, pushing back the earliest known instances of fly fishing by thousands of years.

You can read more about the discovery, here!

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