Some links which are about “practical history”, that is learning from early fly fisher folk and anglers of all kinds, with an emphasis not so much on the history as on the practicalities.
To start with three posts by Jim Miller from his blog “For the Love of History” charting his replication of fishing gear of the nineteenth century
Clearing ring and hook disgorger July 2013
The start of a two part series wherein Jim replicates the fly angler’s wooden rod, fly wallet, fishing creel and flies of yore January 2011
And part two, where Jim replicates coarse fishing tackle February 2011
Available to read online or download in various formats from archive. org Here Also information on making a fly rod from wood, making your own ferrules, tying flies, making flytying wax & other goodies.
And from Eclectic Guy, a master of practical history, how to make your own horsehair tapered fly lines at his website