I will readily admit, I am a Dee Thomas groupie. I give all the credit to him for the flipping technique and concept, amidst the hate mails I get from others who say he didn’t invent it. I’ve taken a lot of time on this site to write pieces pertaining to the subject because I feel the whole story, although it’s been written and told over the years, hasn’t been told in a long time and needs to be consolidated in one place – preferably here at the Bass Fishing Archives.
On this site you’ve undoubtedly seen and hopefully read; Controlled Structure Fishing, Flippin’: A Concept 1, Flippin’: A Concept 2, Flippin’: A Concept 3, The Birth of the Flippin’ Stik 1 and The Birth of the Flippin’ Stik 2. As I said, we’ve devoted a lot of space here to the subject.
What I’ve always been missing, though, was the original tri-fold pamphlet published by Fenwick in 1976 called The Whole Flippin’ Story.
The Whole Flippin’ Story was written to teach anglers interesting in learning to flip, how to do it. Printed on an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of glossy brown and white paper were renderings and words describing the basics of the technique and concepts of the method. Although the renderings of the presentation led a lot to be desired, it provided a platform for someone to at least gain the basic knowledge.
Since starting this site over two years ago I have been looking for a copy of the original pamphlet high and low. I’ve scoured the auctions and asked all of my close friends who were around at the time and had some connection with Thomas if they had a copy. I’ve even asked Thomas himself – no luck. It’s one of those pieces of bass fishing history that, in my eye, is priceless (there, I just priced myself out of the market).
Low and behold as I was reading through a bunch of old American Bass Fisherman magazines the last couple weeks for some other pieces, I happened across a familiar piece. It’s not the original 8-1/2 x 11 gloss brown and white piece of paper but from what I can tell, it’s original in every way other than that. The same renderings, the same words. It was in my hands all along.
So, for your historical reading pleasure, I present to you, Fenwick’s The Whole Flippin’ Story.