Recently I was scanning through an old Fishing Facts magazine looking for ideas to write about and came across this picture of Al (Lindy) Lindner from 1970. At the time “Lindy” was guiding on lakes in Minnesota and Texas as well as running Lindy Tackle with his brother Ron.
We’ve discussed this before, the relationship between the Lindners, George Pazik and Bill Binkelman, and how it changed the face of fishing forever. The group took the knowledge of the past, expanded on it and printed it in a much more reader-friendly manner. They also developed their own techniques, tactics and procedures for locating and catching bass.
Anyway, this picture, taken from the June, 1970 issue of Fishing Facts, shows Al Linder with his clients and a nice string of largemouths taken from an unmentioned body of water. Interesting to note that Lindner was the only one pictured wearing sunglasses – undoubtedly polarized sunglasses. The Lindners were some of the first to espouse the benefits of polarized sunglasses while fishing. Today no one fishes without them.
Another interesting note here is the Lindy Tackle Company address shown at the bottom. Al and Ron Lindner and Nick Adams formed the company, famous for the Lindy Rig, in 1968. In 1973 they sold the company to Ray-O-Vac, from what I understand, to expand the company. In 1975 they left Lindy in order to start In’ Fisherman magazine.
The Lindners have always been staunch supporters of embracing and following change – be it a change in seasonal patterns, daily fish movement, tactics, or lures. But the Lindners aren’t just ones to preach – they practiced it and continue to do it to this day.
The Lindners have and still contribute some of the most educational information found anywhere. Back in the beginning it was through periodicals such as Fishing Facts and then In-Fisherman. Later they added voice (In-Fisherman Radio) and video (In-Fisherman TV) and now Lindner’s Angling Edge can be seen on TV and the internet through their website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. Their ability to embrace change has not only helped them grow in the industry but helped many of us grow in our pursuit of bass.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s look back into some of the early days of Ron and Al Lindner and the concepts they helped develop, but moreover, their development on how to communicated their knowledge.