The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe Catalog

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe product catalog.

The 1975 Lindy/Little Joe product catalog.

The Lindy Tackle Company was formed around 1968 by Ron and Al Lindner, with some help from some of the guys in the famed Nisswa Guides League. They were probably most famous for the Lindy Rig, a slip-sinker live bait rig that became a standard in walleye fishing circles. In 1973, they sold the company to Ray-O-Vac,  who also acquired Mille Lacs Mfg. (Joe Fladebo). Together they formed Ray-O-Vac’s Fishing Tackle Division.

In 1974, Lindy/Little Joe staffer Al Lindner won the Tennessee Invitational (B.A.S.S. event) held on Watts Bar Res. This catalog came out shortly after that, and just a little before the Lindner’s left the Fishing Tackle Division of Ray-O-Vac (1975) to form the now legendary In-Fisherman Communication Network. A look through the catalog reveals some interesting trends in the bass world that were popular, or at least common place, at the time.

Al Lindner and Ray Scott with the 1974 Tennessee Invitational trophy.

Al Lindner and Ray Scott with the 1974 Tennessee Invitational trophy.

 

The plastic worm Al used to win that Tennessee event.

The plastic worm Al used to win that Tennessee event. Remember those Lindy worm hooks, the ones with the point that embedded in the nose of the worm to facilitate Texas-rigging?

 

The standard in early jig-and-pigs; bucktail and nylon weedguards.

The standard in early jig-and-pigs; bucktail with pre-bent nylon weedguards…just add a pork eel.

 

...And who can forget those flat nylon spinnerbait skirts

…And who can forget those flat nylon spinnerbait skirts

 

100 packs anyone? Not certain how common that was, but this might be some of the first such advertised bulk packages of worms.

100 packs anyone? Not certain how common that was, but this might be some of the first such advertised bulk packages of worms.

  • andy williamson

    The Lindy “Swipe” worm was and is good along with the Sur-loc hook. I still have a few.