3. Fishing, as an occupation, is perhaps almost coeval with our race.
The distinction between netting, trapping, and angling was early understood.
The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.... They shall be broken. ... that make sluices and ponds for fish.
(Is. XIX. 8, 10.) See also Habakkuk i. 14, 15; Amos IV. 2 (787 B. C.). Oppian wrote a Greek epic on fishes and fishing about A. D. 198. Wynkyn de Worde's Treatyse of Fysshinge appeared in 1496, and Walton's Complete angler in 1653.
A flaxen or fine hempen cord for angling.
The Grecian fishing-lines were of horsehair, white nearest to the hook.
Horsehair, catgut, and silk are now used for snoods.
A little winch, usually attached to a fishing-rod, and upon which the line is wound.
In one case it is furnished with an alarm, so that a sleepy fisher may h