Reader Andy Johnston sent in any interesting piece of history in fishing lore — how the iconic Fliptail worm came to be.
Johnston, who now runs the ideagroup in Atlanta, produced the Georgia Traveler series for WSB-TV Action News in the 1970s and 1980s. He recently found some of the old videos and began posting them to YouTube.
One for the bass fishing folks is a report on Bill Stembridge, who explained how he created the legendary Fliptail worm. It holds a special place in B.A.S.S. history — Bill Dance used a Fliptail to catch the first fish in the 1967 All-American on Beaver Lake, the first Bassmaster event,.
Stembridge was a mechanic for Delta Airlines but enjoyed his fishing, as well as tinkering with lures.
“I was fishing about as much as I was working on airplanes,” Stembridge said for the report. “I was designing my own fishing lures and working with my hands … I designed the first Fliptail, and we started catching fish on it. Before long, distributors were asking me to make them. This is the way the business started.”
The video goes on to show production, which was at quarter of a million worms per day with 30 color combinations.