Charles Duell, Commissioner of U.S. patent office in 1889, said “everything that can be invented has been invented.”
This quote nearly caused the patent office to close. When discussing fly fishing equipment we no longer talk about inventions. We talk about innovations because as far a s we know new inventions in our sport rarely come along. An innovation can be defined as a new method, idea or product that shows improvement on something else. Innovations are common in the fly fishing business and the two most important improvements or innovations have been in fly lines and fly rods.