For better or worse, some of fly-fishing's finest traditions — cane rods, wicker creels and opening day, to name a few, have all but vanished from the modern angling scene.
Modern materials and enlightened fisheries management have changed the way the game is played — dramatically, in some cases.
For example, I don't know too many anglers who brag about killing a 10-trout limit these days, do you? We might keep a few brook trout for the pan every now and then, but for the most part, today's catch-and-release ethic has replaced the "slay 'em-and-fillet 'em" mindset of the '50s and '60s.
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