The Special Exhibit for the 13th EWF in 2018 presents the history and development of fishing and can be seen in the Foyer of the Tenne.

As long as there have been humans, we have fished and hunted because we are hunters, fishers, and collectors. During the course of evolution, humans have developed and so have the techniques for catching fish.

The first hooks were made from bone or deer antlers.  Hooks made of bronze and iron came later. The first pictures of an angler with a fishing rod are from about 1900 B.C.

The origins of European fishing began in Macedonia. About 200 A.D., Aelianus, known as a historian, wrote how fish with spotted skins (trout) were caught with the original Macedonian fly.


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The exhibit of historical artifacts begins, not in the stone age, but in the 18th and 19th centuries. Shown will be old reels, rods, lines, hooks, fly-tying materials, tools, etc. as well as a number of historical books (by, among others, Max von dem Borne, Dr. Heintz, and Bischoff).

The exhibits come from the private collections of Gerd-Peter Wieditz and Bernd E. Ergert, the former director of the Munich Hunting and Fishing Museum.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet Gerd-Peter Wieditz at the Special Exhibit and to watch over his shoulder as he ties historical flies with old materials.

We thank Bernd E. Ergert for loaning items from his collection and Gerd-Peter Wieditz for his loan of numerous items plus for setting up and looking after the Special Exhibit.

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