It’s the Little Things That Matter

Can you guess what is special about this bait?

Can you guess what is special about this bait?

There are some things in the fishing industry that we probably take for granted simply because that’s the way it’s been for as long as many can remember. Kind of like the articles I read every so often about things in my generation that today’s kids have never heard of because they became nearly obsolete with the advances in technology (8-track, typewriters, etc.). While this one might not fall exactly into that category, take a look at the picture on the left and see if you can figure out the significance of it.

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How to fish the Lindy Spin. Photos from "Catching Fish", 1974.

How to fish the Lindy Spin. Photos from “Catching Fish”, 1974.

Yes, the picture is of a spinnerbait, but look closer. Compare that Lindy Spinner to all the other top spinnerbaits on the market at the time and you’ll probably see what’s different about it – it’s the R-bend line tie. That Lindy Spin was featured as part of the Lindy Catalog included with the 1974 book “Catching Fish.” Ron Lindner now days gets the credit for that invention, though the Original ‘Sure Slayer’ buzzbait by Rufus Eubank, built back in the mid 1960s, might be argued to fall into that “first” category. Regardless, it’s something most bass anglers are so used to seeing that they might not realize what a big deal it was at the time.

In those days, if you bought such venerable spinners as the Bass Buster Tarantula or Scorpion, the Bomber Bushwhacker, the Fleck Weed Wader or the Norman Redman spinnerbait, your bait had the traditional twisted/closed-loop line tie. While arguably not as strong, the R-bend virtually eliminated having your line wrap around the line tie on a cast, thereby avoiding a possible poor runnning bait, as well as the potentially more costly crime of crimping and weakening your line. It was also a more weedless design than traditional closed ties. A simple design that most anglers probably take for granted now days because you find it on almost every quality spinnerbait on the market.

And while we’re on the subject, I have to put in a quick promo for the re-release of that old paper-stapled booklet. Lindner Media has put out an updated version of that book, containing nearly all the original material but with loads of liner notes and comments from both Al and Ron. If you are a fan of In-Fisherman and fishing history, “Catching Fish” is one book that you’ll want to have in your library. I now own one original copy and a couple of the new ones, one to read and one for keepsake.

  • RichZ

    Used to see a lot of “coil” bend spinnerbaits back in the early days, too. But now, except for the occasional musky spinnerbait and the venerable H&H, and the assorted jig head and harness (Beetle Spin style) models, you never see that bend any more.
    I still have a strong preference for an R bend, short arm single myself.

    • Rich, the Red Man used to have the same and was part of why I liked that blade so much…..if we’re on the same page….

  • Delaney

    I still much prefer the wrapped twisted loop eye for the following reason. It is a more solid connection to transmit vibration from the blade to the rest of the bait. The R bend being more flexible and springy aborbs this vibration. I feel that removing the line wraps from the eye is a small price to pay for this vibration increase.