Humans have been practicing what we now call flyfishing since the times of the Roman Empire. The gear has evolved quite a bit over the centuries, but one thing hasn’t changed—the primal connection flyfishing establishes between an angler and a fish. The surges, tugs, and turns are telegraphed up your fly line, through the rod and down to your hands. You feel the wild power of the fish, a reward (which can be addicting!) for having fooled it into taking your fly. At the same time, the line and the long rod absorb some of the energy of a fish’s runs and pulls, tiring it and allowing you to bring it in.