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The Evolution of the Cane Pole

Cane pole fishing has evolved through the years, but it still brings back memories of a simpler time.

Perhaps the earliest form of a cane pole was a simple stick and string. It was easy to arrange, but it still got the job done. The pure economy of cane pole fishing made it extremely popular. It allowed anyone with a stick, string, a hook and some worms to instantly become a fisherman.

As time moved on, fisherman yearned for improvement. So, people began to use bamboo poles to create a stronger, more effective instrument.

Bamboo poles were flexible enough to adjust during the thrill of the catch, yet they were sturdy enough to hoist in the catch.

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And making your own cane pole was easy enough. The first step was to cut a pole that was the right length. Of course, this varied according to the size of the fisherman. The pole was cut so that one end was larger than the other.

canepole1The fishing line was then attached to the large end of the pole. The line was wrapped snugly around the handle. A hook was then secured to the end of the line. And, of course, the worm was then attached to the hook.

Today, PVC cane poles have gained in popularity. Fisherman can now slide the sections of the pole to make it larger, somewhat like opening a telescope.

At the end of the day, the sections are slid back into one another, resulting in a telescoping cane pole that is easy to carry home.

So the questions becomes, what is the next step in the evolution of the cane pole?

Maybe cane poles will come with a built-in radar system. Imagine a tiny camera on the hook and a screen to allow you to see what is going on below the surface.

That will never happen, you say? Well, tell that to the guy who is resting his back against a tree, still using a stick and a string. He just may agree with you.

Have you ever made your own cane pole fishing pole? What kind of success did you have with it?


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The Evolution of the Cane Pole