What Was the First Fishing Pole?

Fishing poles have been around for centuries, but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the first fishing pole was created. It is believed that the earliest known fishing poles were invented in Egypt around 2,000 BC. These primitive rods were made of reeds or split cane, and were used to catch fish in the Nile River.

Since then, fishing poles have evolved and become increasingly sophisticated. In ancient Greece, anglers used flexible rods made of willow wood.

By the Middle Ages, wooden rods with metal tips had become popular among fishermen in Europe. During this time, some of the most advanced fishing rods featured metal hooks and lines as well as reels for reeling in fish.

In the 19th century, bamboo became a popular material for making fishing rods because of its strength and flexibility. This led to the invention of the modern fly rod which was designed specifically for catching trout and other small gamefish with artificial flies.

Today’s modern fishing rods are made from a variety of materials including graphite, fiberglass and carbon fiber composites. They come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit different types of angling techniques such as trolling, bottom fishing or casting lures.


It is difficult to determine when exactly the first fishing pole was created, but it is believed to have originated in Egypt around 2,000 BC. Since then various materials such as reeds, willow wood and bamboo have been used to create ever more sophisticated designs culminating in today’s modern graphite composite rods that are designed for specific types of angling techniques.

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Lindsay Collins