Soon after the English Civil War came to end, people took to recreational fishing in a big way. The sport took off on such a level that several more books were written on the subject during that time. Some of the notable books were The Experienced Angler and Angling Improved.
The focus of these books were the different types and techniques of fishing, different secluded locations where fishing was possible and even enjoyable, and the tools of the trade. Surprisingly, many of these books were written by Civil War Veterans themselves.
However, none of the books was ever so popular as The Compleat Angler that was written by celebrated writer Izaak Walton in the year 1653. The book has been republished over 300 times since then and is largely considered to be the holy grail of sports fishing.
Another fishing sports enthusiast, Charles Cotton decided to tackle the topic of creating artificial flies. He added to the original book where he covered making and using artificial flies to lure in fish. He added as many as 65 different varieties of artificial flies.
In the 17th century, Redditch became the hub of fishing sports enthusiasts. It was one of the biggest markets in the world to buy fishing related accessories and tools. Onesimus Ustonson was one such hobbyist who set up his shop in the area to produce and sell fishing equipment. His shop soon became well-known and he also received a royal decree to sell to the monarch.
The Kerby bend was conceptualized by Charles Kerby who was greatly inspired by Charles Cotton. The kerby bend is still widely and commonly used for fishing. Onesimus has been largely credited for designing the multiplying winch.
All in all, it was a great time for the fishing sports people to be alive.