Widening Our Relationship To History

Don Martinez may be credited with popularizing the Woolly Worm in the United States, but the history of the fly predates him by centuries. Here’s a plate from Alfred Ronalds’ 1836 book, The Fly-Fisher’s Entomology, showing both naturals and their imitations. The double hooks are a rather sinister reminder that in days of yore, fishermen played for keeps. All catch, no release, no debate.