For all you fishing fans, why is fishing line called cat gut?????????

  1. carolegalassi profile image60
    carolegalassiposted 8 years ago

    For all you fishing fans, why is fishing line called cat gut?????????

    I am puzzled why fishing line is called cat gut.

  2. Arthur Windermere profile image83
    Arthur Windermereposted 8 years ago

    It comes from "kitgut," which is a German word for a small fiddle. The fiddle strings were apparently similar enough to fishing line, snowshoe and tennis netting to lend them the term. How'd 'kit' become 'cat', you wonder? One of those random linguistic mutations or because of the term 'kitty'. Sadly, nothing to do with cats.

  3. gyto profile image53
    gytoposted 8 years ago

    I partly agree with that, German and Belgian pigeon fanciers used to make snares out of the stuff to protect their pigeon lofts from wild cats. Hence the name.

 
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