An American Tradition
Unlike flyfishing for trout, bass bugging was born and raised in America. According to Ray Bergman, one of the great angling authors of the 20th century, its roots can be traced back to the Seminole Indians in the mid 18th century. Its history thereafter, however, is complicated, mainly because its popularity is constantly in flux. The introduction of the spinning reel in the 1940s, for instance, accelerated a decline in its appeal, as did a growing division between fly anglers and bass fishermen.