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R.I.P. Legend

This year just keeps getting better.  Saw this reported today on In-Fisherman’s FaceBook page:

At In-Fisherman, we pause to offer our condolences to the family of In-Fisherman co-founder Ron Lindner.

Lindner passed away on Monday at the age of 86. Lindner is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dolores, and their seven children and numerous grandchildren.

The brother tandem of Ron and Al Lindner were the masterminds behind the creation of the In-Fisherman Communications Network, which launched in 1975. At first, it consisted mainly of a magazine, focusing on multispecies fishing. Eventually, a nationally syndicated television show and radio program joined the mix, along with a series of books and videos, all geared toward introducing anglers to new fishing tactics and equipment.

Later, the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail was launched by the Lindners as a means to promote competitive angling and create marketing opportunities for various manufacturers in the industry.

Ron and Al were the perfect team, both visionaries playing off each other’s strong points. They moved to Minnesota from Chicago in 1968 and opened a thriving fishing guide service known as the Nisswa Guides League focusing on trips in the Brainerd Lakes area. Later, they competed in fishing tournaments before shifting their focus to the creation of In-Fisherman.

They invented and marketed a number of lures that remain fixtures in tackle boxes around the country, including the Lindy Rig. They developed the “Fish+Location+Presentation = Success” (F+L+P=S) formula to help simplify fishing methods across the seasons.

A co-author of several books and owner of multiple patents, Ron was always measuring the pulse of the fishing industry in order to stay a step ahead of the crowd. That was in large part what made In-Fisherman such a popular entity among a hardcore group of anglers. “Teaching North America to Fish Is Our Business” was the In-Fisherman call to action and it served a generation of anglers and industry insiders well.

The Lindners sold In-Fisherman in 1998 to Primedia and later launched a new television show named Lindner’s Angling Edge under the Lindner Media Productions umbrella.

Ron Lindner is a member of several fishing halls of fame. He was a 1991 inductee into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. In 2007, both Ron and Al were inducted into the Normark Hall of Fame, a recognition of their contribution to the growth of Normark’s brands, including Rapala. Ron was also a member of the 2020 induction class for the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

Rest in peace, Ron. Your accolades are too many and varied to be captured here, right now, but will be revisited as we move forward in a fishing world much influenced by your life of service to the cause.

Editor’s note: This is a developing story and will be updated with additional details.

Like most of you, I have only known the Lindners through their many educational and tackle products.  Having said that, there is not one North American freshwater angler who has not benefitted from their pioneering ideas and products.  In some way, your fishing today has been enhanced by the Lindners, no doubt about it, whether you realize it or not.  Take a moment to honor his memory next time you are on the water.

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Photo from In-Fisherman FaceBook page.

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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