The History of Fishing: 1964-1974

The History of Fishing: 1964-1974

The photograph above is a hurried snapshot of a book that arrived in a package in today's mail.

The book is entitled "Catching Fish." It's new edition of the book that the Lindners and Bill Binkldman published in 1974.

From my perspective as a retired archivist and an angler whose roots stretch back to Brainerd and Nisswa, Minnesota, in the 1950s, it looks to be an archival treasure trove about the angling world from 1964 to 1974. In fact, it is interesting to note that the Lindners call this "10-year span one of the most revolutionary periods in angling history."

I am yearning to read every word and report about what I read in a future blog. What's more, it will be a source for many tidbits and significant historical insights in scores of blogs to come.

The Lindners say that their next book will be called "The In-Fisherman Years," and we eagerly await for the mailman to deliver that second treasurer trove of angling history. A third book  will encompass their work at Lindner Media.


(1) This unique and limited edition retails for $29.95. It be purchased online at

(2) Ron Lindner posted this note about the book on his Facebook page: "Rather than start from scratch, Ron and Al realized that much of the early days was already written in a long-ago, out-of-print publication. So they decided to take this decades old masterpiece that they wrote along with Bill Binkelman, vastly improve it, and republish it. Catching Fish (2013) has eighteen new pages of explanations, new change photos and captions, and the page margins are annotated with Ron and Al's perspectives from today. "

(3) To see and listen to Al and Ron Lindner talk about this book, as well as the two books to come, see this Facebook link:

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