While it might be possible that Albert Einstein’s formula for his theory of general relativity, E=mc2, might be the most recognized formula in the world, that probably isn’t the case in the bassin’ world. I’m guessing the IN-Fisherman formula, F (fish) +L (location) +P (presentation) = S (success), arguably the one concept that the entire organization was premised upon, might give the former a run for its money. But what readers might find interesting is that wasn’t the original formula. Call it Version 2.0. if you will. So what was before F+L+P=S?
Based on several different articles and books I’ve obtained and read, the original algebraic fishing concept was a somewhat shortened version of the final formula, F+L=P. Take a look at the following examples of this.
The version that most anglers probably recognize from the opening picture appeared in the very first IN-Fisherman magazine ever published, also back in 1975. To date, I haven’t come across an explanation for the addition of the ‘S’ (Success) to the original concept, though it certainly makes more sense than the earliest version. In that original magazine, they defined ‘Success’ as “A positive fish reaction – making the fish strike or bite!” Perhaps not surprisingly, that strike or bite wording (and they were meant as two distinctly different possibilities) appears to be a Buck Perry concept. His early influence on angling in the Midwest is simply hard to fathom.