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Art Lander’s Outdoors: James Henshall moves to Cincinnati where Black Bass odyssey began

Editor’s note: This is the second of three articles on the life and work of the father of bass fishing in America. In 1852, after James A. Henshall finished high school, his family moved to Cincinnati, where his medical career and black bass odyssey began. Henshall entered medical school in 1855, and received a degree of Medicinae Doctor in May 1859. He practiced medicine for decades, into the...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: James Alexander Henshall is known as the father of bass fishing in America

Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles on the life and work of the father of bass fishing in America. James Alexander Henshall (1836-1925) has been called an apostle of the black bass and the father of bass fishing in America. His Book of the Black Bass, published in 1881, is still thought of today by many bass angling historians as the bible of the sport. James A. Henshall (Image...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky has long history of anglers fly fishing for bass in state’s lakes, streams

The early history of fly fishing for bass in Kentucky rivers and stream traces back to single-action, English-style reels — what we know today as click-and pawl reels. Early Kentucky settlers were of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry, and they had a deep love of fishing. Their forefathers practiced the art of fly fishing so the tackle and traditions of fly fishing came to America from the British...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A look back at the tackle and techniques of America’s early black bass anglers

Bass anglers today have a staggering array of tackle readily available. There’s a rod, reel, and line for every lure presentation. Casting reels, spinning reels, light, sensitive graphite rods of any length and action, and thin diameter, high-test fishing lines so clear that they literally disappear in water, can be purchased off store shelves and online. What is really amazing, is the number, and...